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National Urban Wood Academy 2020 Set for Nov. 20

The Urban Wood Network is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation, the Urban Wood Academy, and Dovetail Partners to host the first ever national Urban Wood Network event  in conjunction with the Partners in Community Forestry Virtual Experience.

The webinar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST, Nov. 20, 2020.

This 3-hour event will feature experts from each link in the urban wood supply chain who will share stories from across the county of how municipalities and businesses have overcome barriers to build successful urban wood programs and industries in local markets.

Municipal managers, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers, retailers, advocates and agencies are invited to participate in this virtual event and to join together under a united voice to advance the urban wood movement.

SPEAKERS:
Jennifer Alger – President, Far West Forest Products
Ben Christensen – CEO/Founder, Cambium Carbon
Chris Crocker – Owner, The Good Wood Guys
Devin Ginther – Owner, Texas Urban Sawmill
Morgan Grove – Social Scientist, Team Leader, USDA Forest Service’s Baltimore Urban Field Station
Lorri Gruebe – Community Operations Forester, City of Lincoln, NE
August Hoppe – President, Hoppe Tree Service
John Kemppainen – City Forester, Stoughton, WI
Joe Lehnen – Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist, Commonwealth of Virginia
Lauren Marshall – National Program Manager, USDA Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry
Don Peterson – Executive Director, Urban Wood Network
Marisa Repka – City Partnerships Lead, Cambium Carbon
Carmen Rodriguez – Co-owner, Chief Marketing Officer, Eutree
Dwayne Sperber – Owner, Wudeward Urban Forest Products

Learn more.



New Report Explores How Certification Can Grow Urban Wood Demand

Dovetail Partners takes a closer look at developing industry-recognized urban wood certification to help grow awareness and demand for urban wood lumber and products in its recently released report, “Increasing Urban Wood Use Awareness and Product Demand: An analysis of green market opportunities.”

This analysis examined existing programs used in the management and care of the urban forest to identify areas of alignment and potential for green market opportunities. The analysis included identifying needs and gaps in addressing urban wood use and opportunities to increase awareness and product demand.

The project includes working with partners to develop an urban wood certification approach that could be adopted and promoted by existing programs utilized by municipalities and businesses. Dovetail’s partners include The Arbor Day Foundation, Society of Municipal Arborists, Right-of-Way Stewardship Council, Utility Arborists Association, and Tree Care Industry Association. The results of this collaboration are meant to support state urban wood groups, help create consistent messaging, and will be presented to various audiences and venues.

Several areas of opportunity are available for development of an urban wood certification approach and for the promotion of urban wood use. The opportunities summarized in the report include green markets related to:
• green building programs;
• third-party forest certification programs;
• third-party forest certification chain-of-custody programs;
• mutual recognition and program partnerships; and
• regional activities.

Click here to download the report for free.



Greater West Town Celebrates 25 Years!

Congratulations to our friends at the Greater West Town Project on reaching the quarter-century of a mark. The GWTP has trained and placed 900 low-income Chicagoans in woodworking shops since it was launched in 1993. The center has moved into larger quarters and added next generation technology over the years. But the one constant during its 25-year history is Doug Rappe, program coordinator and a long-time proponent of using urban wood. Read about Doug and his award-winning program in this month’s Illinois Urban Wood Update.

Also featured in this issue
Dovetail Partners continues to take the lead on developing an urban wood certification program. Lucy Cohn-Still, Urban & Community Forestry Specialist of the North Carolina Forest Service, recently authored an update on the program’s progress. “The results of this collaboration would support state urban wood groups, create messaging, and be presented to various audiences and venues,” Cohn-Still writes.

It’s hurricane season and we’ve already witness the death and destruction wreaked by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. While the immediate focus in a hurricane’s wake is search and rescue by first responders, there is also a need to remove storm damaged trees. This is where the Urban Forest Strike Team springs to action. Read a 2017 blog by Patty Matteson, Southern Research Station, Forest Service in Forestry, that still rings true today.

Finally, the Urban Wood Network presented the fourth installment of its popular “How to Do Urban Wood” webinar series on October 25. Like the previous three segments, it will soon be archived to watch on-demand. Find a link to the webinar archives in the Update.

Looking forward to receiving your urban wood news and photos!

Rich Christianson
Communications Director
Illinois Wood Utilization Team
info@illinoisurbanwood.org

 

READ THE OCTOBER ILLINOIS URBAN WOOD UPDATE



Put Your Urban Wood Business on the Map

Dovetail Partners Inc. of Minneapolis is a leader in helping advance forest and wood products sustainability programs, including many tied to the urban wood movement.

The non-profit’s website includes an interactive map highlighting “Buy Local – Wood Products Campaigns” located throughout the U.S. and Canada that focus on informing consumers of the environmental benefits and aesthetic beauty of buying wood products that are grown and produced locally. Each site marker lists the campaign’s name, its parent program or organization, and a link to its website.

Dovetail Partners welcomes qualified company’s and organizations to request to be included on the map. Contact Dovetail Partners at info@dovetailinc.org.

 



National Wood Certification Project Update

Editor’s Note: This article was previously published in the North Carolina Urban Wood Group’s September 2018 newsletter.

By Lucy Cohn-Still
Urban & Community Forestry Specialist
NC Forest Service

While attending the International Society of Arboriculture’s 2018 Annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, I participated in the urban wood certification grant meeting with Dovetail Partners executive director Kathryn Fernholz and other key players in the Urban Wood Certification Project to increase awareness and product demand for national urban wood use. We met together to discuss and examine the existing programs that are utilized in the management and care of the urban forest to identify areas of alignment and potential for mutual recognition between compatible programs. The project also includes looking for any needs and gaps in addressing urban wood use and opportunities to increase awareness and product demand.

The scope of work for this proposal includes working with partners to develop an urban wood certification approach that could be adopted and promoted by existing programs (including The Arbor Day Foundation, Society of Municipal Arborists, Right-of-Way Stewardship Council, Utility Arborists Association, Tree Care Industry Association, and Dovetail Partners Inc.), and utilized by municipalities and businesses. The results of this collaboration would support state urban wood groups, create messaging, and be presented to various audiences and venues.

Several areas of opportunity are available for development of an urban wood certification approach and promotion of urban wood use.  The opportunities we discussed include possibilities related to:

  • Green Building Programs
  • Third-Party Forest Certification Programs
  • Third-Party Forest Certification Chain-of-Custody Programs
  • Mutual Recognition and Program Partnerships
  • Regional Activities

Urban wood use may already occur to a limited degree within green building programs and third-party forest certification programs. Further research could identify current activities in these areas to highlight possible case studies or promotional opportunities. With further development, the use of urban wood in green building could be expanded and recognition within third-party forest certification programs could be formalized.

North Carolina’s role within this project is to provide financial and technical assistance, as well as work with Virginia and other states throughout the south east to promote urban wood utilization and standards. This certification project is a national project involving several partners, but North Carolina will assist within the southeast by raising awareness and encouraging discussions about urban wood standardization and utilization. Our next step will be to develop draft pilot strategies and ideas of approaching urban wood certification.

For more information on the Urban Wood Certification Project, visit www.dovetailinc.org or contact me at Lucy.Cohn-Still@ncagr.gov.



How Urban Wood Use Mitigates Climate Change

Sam Sherrill, a household name in urban wood utilization circles, recently presented the environmental benefits of making products with urban wood at a workshop organized by Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods.

His presentation focused on a research paper he co-authored with Steve Bratkovich of Dovetail Partners. The research, Sherrill says, was conducted to show “how urban wood products sequester carbon that would otherwise form the green house gas CO2 when the same wood was used as fuel or mulch. Basically, every pound of carbon held in a wood product prevents the formation of 3.667 pounds of CO2.”

Sherrill shares his “quick way to do these calculations for a range of hardwoods and softwoods… “Individual urban forest product businesses can calculate how much CO2 is not formed by each of their products and for all their products on an annual basis. This directly links urban tree utilization to the mitigation of climate change/global warming.

“Thus, utilizing urban wood to produce solid wood products (instead of fuel and mulch) makes both environmental and economic sense. Both are marketing facts that will be very important to buyers who want products that make the best economic use of an urban resource and, at the same time, make an environmental contribution.”

Sherrill adds that he plans to approach the California Air Resources Board to consider including urban products as part of the state’s cap and trade.

Click here to access Sherrill’s urban wood workshop presentation.

Click here to view the urban wood carbon sequestration research project co-authored by Sherrill and Bratkovich.

Sam welcomes questions and comments to this research project. Contact him at ssherrill50@gmail.com.



New Project to Certify Responsible Urban Forestry and Urban Wood Use

Photo: Greenability magazine feature on Urban Wood Lumber Co., Kansas City, MO.

A new initiative to support increased urban wood utilization and community benefits has been launched. The project will develop a unified urban wood certification strategy with the goal of aligning existing programs that recognize responsible management practices in the urban forest. Existing urban forestry programs range from accreditation and licensing to training and certification programs.

“We’re not starting with a blank slate,” said project manager, Kathryn Fernholz, executive director of Minneapolis-based Dovetail Partners. “There are many high-quality existing programs that support the practice of urban and utility forestry – from Tree City USA and Tree Line USA to Arborist certifications – and we’re looking at how these programs support shared goals and can respond to the growing interest in urban wood and responsible sourcing.”

The intent of the project is to develop a certification process to be incorporated into existing professional and accreditation standards, adopted by municipalities, and embraced by tree-related operations within urban forests including  arboriculture businesses and wood processors.

Partners of the project include the Arbor Day Foundation, Society of Municipal Arborists, Tree Care Industry Association, Utility Arborists Association, Right-of-Way Stewardship Council, Dovetail Partners, North Carolina Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service. Support for the project is provided by the North Carolina Forest Service, Urban and Community Forestry Program and the USDA Forest Service.

The project also seeks to develop consistent messaging to engage stakeholders and target audiences in the value and benefits of local urban wood products and promote the value-added opportunity for local businesses. Some municipalities have already incorporated urban wood into their sustainability plans and are utilizing their own wood for local use. The project hopes to support these existing efforts and to encourage similar efforts by other municipal sustainability and solid waste programs. These combined efforts ultimately increase long term carbon storage and avoid carbon emissions associated with burning or decomposing.

“By working together, we aim to increase demand for locally-sourced wood and wood products by the public and businesses,” said Nancy Stairs, Urban and Community Forestry Coordinator for the North Carolina Forest Service. “We want to help arborists and processors put urban wood to good use and reduce the amount of wood entering landfills.”

For more information about this project, visit dovetailinc.org.

About the Project Partners:

The Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members, supporters, and valued partners. During the last 45 years, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods, communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation, poverty and hunger.  As one of the world’s largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees.  More information is available at arborday.org 

Society of Municipal Arborists
Founded in 1964, the SMA is an organization of municipal arborists and urban foresters. Our membership also includes consultants, commercial firms, nonprofits, tree boards, tree wardens, allied professionals, and citizens who actively practice or support some facet of municipal forestry. A professional affiliate of the International Society of Arboriculture, the SMA has members from across North America and beyond. Through our magazine, City Trees, our conferences, our website and our many active members, we strive to create networking and educational opportunities that promote the sound, professional management of a vital and invaluable resource. urban-forestry.com/

Tree Care Industry Association
The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) is a trade association of 2,300 tree care firms and affiliated companies and was established in 1938 as the National Arborist Association. The TCIA develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice and management information for tree and landscape firms around the world. We provide continuing education, training, conferences and publications to promote the safe and appropriate practice of tree care. tcia.org/

Utility Arborists Association
The UAA is an organization of over 4,200 individuals with interest in and a commitment to the maintenance of trees and other vegetation for the purpose of ensuring the safe and reliable distribution of energy, including electric, oil and gas, to business and residences. uaa.wildapricot.org

Right-of-Way Stewardship Council
Right-of-Way Stewardship Council is an accreditation program that is being pursued by a diverse group of stakeholders to provide standards of excellence for environmental stewardship along rights-of-way (ROW) and presents the opportunity for utility companies to demonstrate their commitment to such standards. It establishes standards for responsible ROW vegetation management within high-voltage electric transmission corridors. The aim of the program is to promote the application of integrated vegetation management and best management practices to the utility vegetation management industry in order to maintain power system reliability and address ecological concerns. www.rowstewardship.org

Dovetail Partners
Dovetail Partners provides authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use, and policy alternatives. Dovetail is a highly skilled team that fosters sustainability and responsible behaviors by collaborating to develop unique concepts, systems, models and programs. Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. dovetailinc.org

North Carolina Forest Service, Urban and Community Forestry Program
North Carolina’s forest land is one of the greatest influences on the state, providing economic value and adding immeasurably to the quality of life for its residents. The forest products industry is the largest manufacturing business sector in the state, contributing approximately $31.4 billion annually to the state’s economy and providing around 144,000 jobs for North Carolinians. The NC Forest Service’s primary purpose is to ensure adequate and quality forest resources for the state to meet its present and future needs.  The U&CF Program supports urban forestry in North Carolina by administering a cost-share federal grant program for municipalities, local governments, non-profits, educational groups and schools and providing technical and/or educational assistance. ncforestservice.gov/Urban/Urban_Forestry

USDA Forest Service
The U.S. Forest Service manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation’s clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live. fs.fed.us



‘No Wood Wasted’ Theme of NC Urban Forest & Small Woodlot Workshop

No-Wasted-Wood-Supply-ChainThe North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program is organizing a workshop and networking event addressing the growing demand  for locally sourced wood. The event one-day event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 26 at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center, in Research Triangle Park.

The organizers are encouraging all stakeholders from foresters and arborists through woodworkers and municipal managers to attend. The workshop will address the business case for small woodlot and urban wood utilization; challenges and solutions for diverting wood from landfills into high-quality products; and the branding and marketing potential for local materials and small businesses.

The workshop is sponsored by the North Carolina Forest Service Urban & Community Forestry Program, through funding from the USDA Forest Service, and in partnership with North Carolina State University and Dovetail Partners.



Forest Fast Break Video: Urban Forest Benefits

Dovetail Partners hosts ForestInfo.com, which includes a series of videos called Forest Fast Breaks. Each video is designed to convey complex forestry topics into concise, engaging animated shorts with sound effects and narration. The videos are suitable for third grade through adult learners.

Oregon Forest Resources Institute produced the videos. Urban Forest Fast Breaks related to urban forestry were produced with support from the North Carolina Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.

See all Forest Fast Break videos.



Forest Fast Break Video: Urban Forests

Dovetail Partners hosts ForestInfo.com, which hosts a series of videos called Forest Fast Breaks. Each video is designed to convey complex forestry topics into concise, engaging animated shorts with sound effects and narration. The videos are suitable for third grade through adult learners.

Oregon Forest Resources Institute produced the videos. Urban Forest Fast Breaks related to urban forestry were produced with support from the North Carolina Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program.

See all Forest Fast Break videos.