Brochures, Reports and Presentations

Marketing Urban Trees for Higher Uses in Illinois: Resources for Arborists and Managers  Information contained in this informative guide includes key markets for urban trees, a listing of Illinois sawyers who accept and process urban trees into value-added lumber, ash wood properties, and a letter that outlines the process for homeowners interested in reclaiming wood from their trees.

Urban Wood and Traditional Wood: A Comparison of Properties & Uses White paper authored by Prof. Dan Cassens, Wood Products and Extension Specialist of Purdue University, and Edith Makra, chairman of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team

Harvest Urban Timber!  Short and to the point: Reclaim Trees. Reduce Waste. Create Beauty.

Emerald Ash Board Create Beauty From Ash Trees Affected by EAB.

Beetles, Bats and Beyond: Harvesting Community Timber  PowerPoint presentation highlights the links in the urban wood use chain.

Today Show Feature on Wilmette Wonder Boys  Watch the story of Little League baseball bats made from Emerald Ash Board made from trees that were taken down in the Chicago suburb of Wilmette.

Urban Forests & Urban Tree Use: Opportunities on Local, State, National and International Scales November 2014 report by Dovetail Partners, Inc.

Lumber and Biomass Flow in the Hardwood Industry  PowerPoint presentation by Daniel Cassens, Professor of Wood Products at Purdue University, and Ed Meadows of Timber Steward LLC, calculates the value of wood turned into lumber vs. biofuel.

Feasibility Study for a Community Wood Reclamation System Final Report The Illinois Wood Utilization Team conducted a study that identified potential supply and markets, reviewed operational logistics and organizational options, and created financial projections for a multi-municipality staging center for urban tree removal, reclamation, and distribution.

Environmental & Urban Wood Reclamation   An Illinois Institute of Technology Undergraduate Interprofessional Project reviewed market options for wood reclaimed from trees killed by the Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm Disease in three suburban Chicago communities.

For the Betterment of the Urban Forest  City Trees magazine conducted a Q&A with Homewood Village Forester Jim Tresouthick describing wood utilization.


Illinois Urban Forestry & Wood Resources

Illinois Arborist Association

Illinois Department of Agriculture Emerald Ash Borer Information

Illinois Forestry Association

Illinois Small Custom Sawmill Directory

Illinois Sawmill Directory 

Illinois Urban & Community Forestry Program

Illinois Wood Utilization Team

JULIE – Call 811 Before You Remove or Plant a Tree

Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species

Furniture Designers Association 2009 Exhibition – Rising From Ashes: Furniture From Lost Trees


Urban Forestry Websites in Other States


AL – Alabama Urban Forestry Association

AS – Arkansas Urban Forestry Council

CA – California Urban Forests Council 

FL – Florida Urban Forest Council

GA – Georgia Urban Forest Council

LA – Louisiana Urban Forestry Council

MI – Southeast Michigan’s Reclaimed Wood Marketplace

MI – Ash Utilization Options Project of Southeast Michigan

MO – Missouri Community Forestry Council

MS –  Mississippi Urban Forest Council

NC – North Carolina Urban Forest Council

NY – New York State Urban Forestry Council

OH – Ohio Urban Forestry Advisory Committee

OR – Oregon Community Trees

SC- South Carolina Forestry Commission

TN – Tennessee Urban Forestry Council

TX – Houston Area Urban Forestry Council

VA – Fairfax ReLeaf (Northern Virginia)

WI – Wisconsin Urban Wood

National & Regional Urban Forestry Websites

Emerald Ash Borer Info

National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

Society of American Foresters

Southeastern Urban Wood Exchange (Serving Region 8 Southern Forests)

Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

USDA Forest Service: Urban Research

Wood Education & Resource Center: Urban & Community Forestry