Tag: Elkhart Urban Wood

Elkhart EnviroFest to Showcase Urban Wood Works

Elkhart-Envirofest-LogoFurniture and projects crafted by local custom woodworkers from community trees will be featured in the ElkhartWood Showcase, a component of the city’s annual EnviroFest, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 15 at the Wellfield Botanical Gardens in Elkhart, IN.

According to Ericka Popovich, environmental center supervisor, ElkhartWood Showcase will include “a table made from a slab of ash that was possibly the oldest ash tree in the city of Elkhart when it was removed. It’s older than the city itself!”

Approximately 2,000 people are expected to attend EnviroFest, Popovich said. She added that the newest addition to Wellfield Botanic Gardens is a Japanese-style wooden pavilion that was partly constructed from ash logs removed from and gardens and partly from logs removed at McNaughton Park and sold through the ElkhartWood program. “It’s probably the biggest thing our logs have gone towards in the city, that I am aware of at least,” Popovich said.

EnviroFest also features kids’ activities, live activities and a wine and beer garden.

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Full Circle Urban Forestry Takes Root in Elkhart, IN

Elkhart-Urban-Wood-LogoFull-circle urban forestry is alive and well in Elkhart, IN.

Since October 2012, the Elkhart Environmental Center (EEC) has partnered with city’s Forestry Division to create the ElkhartWood program. Through this program, high-quality logs from city trees are made accessible to the Elkhart Wood Products Network, which is comprised of sawyers, woodworkers and others in the local wood products industry. Proceeds from the sale of these logs supports community tree plantings.

In addition, the ElkhartWood program supports workshops and educational opportunities related to urban forestry and wood products.

Learn more about the ElkhartWood Urban Wood Utilization program.