The Urban Wood Toolkit was created to walk users through the necessary components of building an urban wood use plan and establishing wood utilization efforts within a community. The Toolkit is designed to be used by municipal foresters, city managers, community volunteers or students and to arm them with information needed to advance their wood utilization plan.
Urban forests can be sustainably managed from ‘seed to sawdust’ by capturing valuable urban forest products from urban trees that need to be removed. This webinar will show different models of full circle urban forest stewardship that are used to reclaim urban forest products from those felled trees, and what strategies have been employed to support the reclamation of those urban forest products.
The Urban Wood Toolkit is divided into six bulletins:
— Bulletin #1: A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans
— Bulletin #2: Building Organizational & Community Support for Urban Wood
— Bulletin #3: Exploring Product Options for Urban Wood Utilization
— Bulletin #4: Establishing an Urban Log Collection and Sorting Yard
— Bulletin #5: Building Relationships with Wood Industry Partners
— Bulletin #6: Recommended Resources for Building an Urban Wood Use Plan
The Urban Wood Toolkit was written by Jessica Simons of Verdant Stewardship and Margaret Miller of Spalted Banjo Consulting. With support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Forest Resource Division Forest Utilization and Marketing Program (special thanks to Dave Neumann), the Sustainable Resources Alliance and the U.S. Forest Services Northeastern Area – State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.
Author Margaret Miller and MDNR staff will speak about the need for increasing urban wood utilization in Michigan and beyond and will walk participants through Bulletin #1.
Dave Neumann, Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Dave is a relative newcomer to the urban wood community, and has worked as a private land service forester and as a silviculturist for the DNR for 15 years before joining the wood use program.
Kevin Sayers, Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Kevin has worked as the Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator at the MDNR since 2002 where he administers the state urban forestry program at the MDNR out of Lansing. Kevin is a graduate of Michigan State University (2001) with a Master’s degree in Forestry. The urban forestry program provides technical, educational and financial assistance to communities and partners throughout the state to support a variety of urban forestry activities. Prior to working for the DNR, Kevin worked in the tree nursery industry, and with the municipal forestry program at the City of Lansing.
Margaret Miller, Spalted Banjo Consulting, MI. With a resume that ranges from championing the opening of an Urbanwood Marketplace within the City of Flint to chairing the City of Grand Rapids first ever Urban Wood Utilization Sub-Committee, Margaret views wood utilization as a vital management practice, obtainable to any community. As a forester and consultant, Margaret is dedicated to viewing resource management through both an environmental and anthropocentric lens. Margaret received her degree in Forest Science from Michigan State University. As a consultant, for Spalted Banjo Consulting, Margaret strives to assist all of her clients by managing their projects and resources in the most effective and sustainable manner.
The Urban Wood Toolkit presentation is the latest in webinars presented by the Urban Wood Network. The UWN’s four-part “How to Do Urban Wood” Webinar Series is available for viewing on demand.