Tag: Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle conference

Urban Wood Conference: Join the Source Local, Buy Local Movement

Horigan Urban Forest Products, urban wood

Photo: Horigan Urban Forest Products

By Rich Christianson

“Buy American” has spawned the “Buy Local” movement.

The opportunity to support your community by sourcing materials and buying value-added products locally is a key component to what makes the urban wood market tick. For far too long far too many community trees ravaged by invasive insects, felled by storms or removed for development have been chipped or mulched without much thought given to salvaging and utilizing the wood from these trees for lumber and ultimately furniture, cabinets, flooring and other value-added products.

The swiftness and widespread devastation wrought by the emerald ash borer has given a growing number of foresters, arborists, custom sawyers and custom woodworkers pause to consider what more can be done with an urban tree after its life has ended. Urban wood utilization movements have taken hold in nearly every state of the union and several Canadian provinces.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team has networked with many independent and government groups, including forming a strong partnership with urban wood groups in Wisconsin, Michigan and Missouri. This partnership includes sharing intelligence, ideas and best practices to develop and promote a stronger urban wood market.

The best of the best of this shared learning will be on full display at the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL. This event is a unique forum for land managers, foresters, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers, architects and designers, retailers, educators and other stakeholders that make up the links of the urban wood supply chain to share, learn and network with like-minded professionals.

There is already a small but growing number of companies and individuals committed to the source local, buy local appeal of urban wood utilization. They have seized the opportunity. But there is plenty of room for more entrepreneurs ready to roll up their sleeves and do themselves and their communities a great favor.

I can think of no better way to jump start the urban wood marketplace than by attending the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference.

I hope to see you there!





converting dead and dying trees into

Registration Opens for Unique Urban Wood Event

ILWUT_LogoMake plans and register now to attend the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

The full-day event is being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. It will include more than a dozen informative presentations, a live portable sawmill demonstration, tabletop displays and plentiful networking opportunities.

The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will bring together public and private land managers, arborists, architects and designers, sawyers, woodworkers and other entrepreneurs to share and learn next-step actions to participate in a market-driven urban wood economy. The unique conference will focus on industry best practices for everything from urban tree removal and milling through wood manufacturing and marketing the local appeal of urban wood products.

Confirmed presentations include case studies of urban wood initiatives taking place in Chicago; Ann Arbor, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. Representatives of each of these urban centers will detail how urban trees are being diverted from landfills in favor of being converted into lumber and value-added wood products.

Prof. Dan Cassens of Purdue University’s Forestry Department, one of the nation’s foremost experts on hardwood lumber, will discuss market opportunities and strategies for promoting urban wood products. Cassens, who also runs a sawmill business, will conduct live portable sawmill demonstrations during the conference.

A networking reception featuring tabletop displays by businesses and organizations participating in the urban wood movement will immediately follow the full day of presentations.

Learn More and Register
To learn more about attending the conference or sponsorship and display opportunities, visit illinoisurbanwood.org.

Additional information is also available by contacting Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.

Register Now!

Five Top Reasons to Sponsor the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference

By Rich Christianson

Sponsorship has its privileges for the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, set for Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University, Oak Brook, IL.

Because the attendee registration fee for the event- $125 –  is being priced at a near break-even level for the event, sponsors will be doing the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and themselves a great favor by making a modest investment in a Walnut, Oak or Ash sponsorship package.

The sooner you reserve your sponsorship, the sooner you can begin reaping the many sponsor benefits.

Here are five great reasons to demonstrate your support for the urban wood movement by sponsoring this unique event.

  1. Your logo, with a link to your website, will prominently appear on the Full Circle Conference registration site. (Sponsorship tiers and logo size will descend from Walnut to Oak to Ash. Sponsors of each sponsorship tier will be placed in the order in which their paid sponsorship is received.)
  2. Your sponsorship will be highlighted in all registration e-mail promotions, including the popular monthly Illinois Urban Wood Update.
  3. You will receive a 6-foot draped display table to educate conference attendees about your products and services during the March 18 conference. (The Ash sponsorships includes one free conference registration; the Oak sponsorship includes two free conference registrations; and the Walnut Sponsorship includes three free registrations.)
  4. Your key contact information will be included in the conference program.
  5. You will have license rights to use the Bringing the Full Circle sponsorship logo on your website and promotions.

While sponsors of any of the three levels will receive the above benefits, Walnut level sponsors also will receive a dedicated press release that will be posted in the News channel of illinoisurbanwood.org and on featured in an edition of the Illinois Urban Wood e-Newsletter.

Learn more about Full Circle Conference Sponsorship / Exhibitor opportunities.

Sign up for a sponsorship, which includes conference registration and a tabletop display.

For additional details, contact Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or richsonmediapro@gmail.com.