Thank You Urban Wood Conference Supporters!

Horigan Urban Forest Products

Horigan Urban Forest Products, an Ash Sponsor, has reclaimed lumber from thousands of trees that would otherwise likely have been chipped, mulched or split into firewood.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team gratefully acknowledges the far-flung support for the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, Friday, March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

Sponsors and partners of the conference are demonstrating their commitment to helping further the sustained development of growth of local, state and regional urban wood marketplaces through their participation in the conference.

Ash Level Sponsors
In addition to warehousing more than 50,000 board feet of urban lumber – from ash to black walnut – Horigan Urban Forestry Products of Skokie, IL, offers custom milling and kiln drying services.

The Wisconsin Arborist Association, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, is dedicated to improving the knowledge and quality of the profession of arboriculture. Its members include commercial, municipal, utility and academic arborists.

Sterling Tree Solutions, based in River Forest, IL, specializes in total tree care including tree removal, pruning and trimming. The company has been servicing the Chicagoland area for 75 years. The experienced team at Sterling Tree Solutions offers not only immaculate, careful tree removal services, but also is dedicated to the utmost care and integrity of a tree.

Graf Tree Care of St. Charles, IL, was founded in 1999 by arborist Phil Graf as a two-man tree trimming operation. The company has expanded its client base and grown its business to include Plant Health Care and tree diagnostics, root feeding and disease and pest control. In 2009 the company launched its Natural Resources Management and GIS division to map and monitor the spread of the emerald ash borer. The company now has a staff of 12, including five employees certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

The Chicago Park District was incorporated in 1934 with the consolidation of twenty-two separate and independent park districts that already existed within Chicago. The oldest and (financially) largest parks agency in the United States, the Chicago Park District is now the steward of 8,300+ acres of open space, including more than 585 parks, 26 beaches, 10 harbors, 50 natural areas, and 2 world-class conservatories. The Chicago Park District is one of the nation’s leading providers of green space and recreation. Its long tradition of exquisitely-designed landscapes includes legacy work from such world-renowned figures as Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., the Olmsted Brothers, Jens Jensen and Alfred Caldwell. Accordingly, the Park District is very intentional about its urban lumber resources and has active representation on the Illinois Wood Utilization Team.

Conference Partners
The American Society of Landscape Architects – Illinois Chapter, with nearly 500 members, is one of the largest chapters of ASLA. Members attending the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will receive 6.5 CEUs. In addition, 6.0 CEUs are being offered for the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

is an urban wood utilization program that unites the city of Elkhart, Indiana’s Environmental Center and its Forestry Division. The program identifies trees targeted for removal that can produce logs suitable for furniture, art and other value-added products. The program brings together Elkhart community sawyers, woodworkers and other individuals who could put this wood to good use.

The Illinois Arborist Association, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, aims to “foster interest, establish standards, exchange professional ideas and pursue scientific research in Arboriculture.” The IAA is offering 4.0 CEUs for members who attend the Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference. Read more.

The Illinois Center for Sustainable Technology’s interest in the urban wood movement is embodied in its mission statement: “to encourage and assist citizens, businesses, and government agencies to prevent pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce waste to protect human health and the environment of Illinois and beyond.”

The International Woodworking Fair is North America’s largest industrial woodworking event. The next edition is set for August 24-27, 2016 in Atlanta, GA.

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus  is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 273 cities, towns and villages. The Caucus provides a forum for metropolitan Chicago’s chief elected officials to collaborate on common problems and work toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for the millions of people who call the region home.

Meyers Woodworking & Lumber, based in Batavia, IL, is a full-service custom sawmill operation with a dry kiln on premise. Owner Ron Meyers has been a strong ally for the local urban wood movement and has donated services for many great causes including the Out of the Wood Exhibit in West Chicago, student furniture projects at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the March 17 Hardwood Lumber & Sawmill Workshop at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL. Contact Ron Meyers at 630-308-2955.

The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) is a trade association of more than 2,200 commercial tree care firms and affiliated companies whose “mission is to advance tree care businesses.TCIA develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice, and management information for arboriculture firms around the world.

The Urban Wood Project of Southeast Michigan is dedicated to promoting value-added repurposing of community trees upon their removal. The organization helped establish three retail outlets for urban lumber and goods. Its network of local sawmills turns dead urban trees into products that bring lasting value and exceptional character for consumers.

Primary Conference Sponsor
The Illinois Wood Utilization Team’s projects are made possible through grant funding by the Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, U.S. Forest Service. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Conference Organizer
The Illinois Wood Utilization Team, comprised of stakeholders up and down the supply chain – from public and private sector land managers, arborists and foresters through sawyers, the A&D community  and woodworkers – was established in 2009 in response to the devastation wreaked by the invasive emerald ash borer. IL WUT’s mission to develop and promote local, state and regional market exchanges to encourage the highest-value use of dead and dying ash trees quickly expanded to encompass community trees of all species capable of yielding logs for lumber for use in furniture, cabinets, flooring and other consumer and industrial products. IL WUT’s staunch advocacy of urban wood n wood utilization dovetails not only with “green”  initiatives but with the source local-buy local movement.

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