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Videos: NCUFC Public Service Announcements Emphasize Trees’ Importance



The North Carolina Urban Forest Council (NCUFC) released two public service announcements to encourage communities across the state to properly plant, protect, and care for urban trees – the trees where we live, work and play.

The announcements helped support efforts of North Carolina Arbor Day on March 19 and National Arbor Day on April 30. They were partially funded by the North Carolina Forest Service.

The Importance of Urban Trees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMAPKvW-wtI

The Importance of Proper Tree Care: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHL0ymU8u_k

“Trees are often the answer to economic, health, safety, and environmental issues all communities face,” said Leslie Moorman, NCUFC Executive Director. “North Carolina communities participate in wonderful planting and tree care projects every Arbor Day, but we encourage them to go further and plant and protect urban trees year-round.”

Trees in all North Carolina cities and towns help:

  • Clean the air and water;

  • Save energy;

  • Create healthy lifestyles; and

  • Stimulate the state’s economy.



According to a study US Urban Forest Statistics, Values, and Projections by David J. Nowak and Eric J. Greenfield, North Carolina’s urban forest saves the state $706.9 million a year by removing air pollution and helping avoid energy and emissions use. Research also proves spending time around trees and looking at trees reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and improves mood – valuable benefits for people during the pandemic.

“We must properly care for and protect our urban trees every day to continuously get their benefits,” said Moorman. “We can all help North Carolina be green for generations to come.”

To properly care for urban trees:

  • Plant trees at their correct depths;

  • Place thin layers of mulch away from tree trunks;

  • Make proper pruning cuts; and

  • Hire a certified arborist to help if needed.

Residents can visit ncufc.org for a Tree Owner’s Manual, to find out how to hire an arborist, for more information about NCUFC programs, or to become a sponsor or member.

The North Carolina Urban Forest Council (NCUFC) consists of individuals, citizen groups, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and agencies from around the state that share an interest in community and urban forestry. 

NCUFC is a nonprofit organization that helps communities strengthen the efforts of local groups by serving as a resource, a forum for networking and discussion, and an advocate of the urban forest. The Council seeks to encourage and support these communities in their urban forest management efforts. For more information, visit ncufc.org.

 



‘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.



Urban Wood Exchange Opens for Business

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The Southeastern Urban Wood Exchange just launched urbanwoodexchange.org, a web site intended to encourage the highest and best use of the urban wood resource by connecting urban wood stakeholders operating within Southern Region 8 of the U.S. Forest Service. Stakeholders include land managers, arborists, sawyers, kiln operators and woodworkers.

As part of its mission, the Urban Wood Exchange is focused on helping increase utilization of urban wood on the local level to reduce the amount of urban wood in the waste stream, produce local sustainable lumber for municipal projects, reduce costs associated with removal and disposal of community trees and reduce the urban carbon footprint.

The Urban Wood Exchange is hosted by the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, in partnership with the NC Forest Service’s Urban & Community Forestry Program and funded through the USFS Southern Region.

The Urban Wood Exchange web site features a searchable database that allows visitors to find urban wood providers in their state. Categories include Haulers, Lumber, Milling and Other.

All Region 8 urban wood stakeholders are invited to list their services at the website. There is no charge for doing so.

Region 8 encompasses the following 13 states:

Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Louisiana
Mississippi
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia

“It is important to know what other states are doing to encourage the use of urban wood,” said Eric Muecke, North Carolina Forest Service Urban Forestry Specialist. “The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is making connections locally and regionally. We look forward to seeing the results of these connections. Everyone with an interest in urban wood is welcome to join our newsletter list.”

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The Southeast Urban Wood Exchange is a sponsor of the “Urban Wood Utilization: Making Products & Profits from Community Trees,” a seminar set for August 26 at the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta. IWF, North America’s largest industrial woodworking event, runs Aug. 23-27 at the Georgia World Congress Center.