The Urban Wood Network (UWN), a network of independent businesses, organizations, municipalities and advocates who utilize urban wood, was brought into existence in 2018. Members were offered free membership for 2018 thanks to support from a USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant, and the Urban Wood Network established connections with over 150 members in more than 20 states, two Canadian provinces and Switzerland. With the completion of the grant, the UWN is relying on membership fees and sponsorships to provide the necessary funding to maintain and expand the Network. The 2019 membership fee has been set at $50 per entity and founding sponsors are being sought.
We’ve learned from experience that the only way to have a lasting impact, to truly establish full circle urban forestry management, is to work cooperatively from arborist to value-added manufacturer. A cohesive supply chain is the only way to get the highest product from these trees. We want to use our collective experiences to assist other businesses and other states to join the urban wood industry.
Through the power of the network, UWN has been able to connect members with specific interests or needs with other members who have that expertise. UWN has also been able to connect members with technical resources outside of the network. In addition, UWN has connected members within the same state who were previously unaware of each other.
Join the urban wood movement today by becoming a member of the Urban Wood Network. The membership agreement can be completed online at: www.urbanwoodnetwork.org/join-the-movement/membership-agreement.
To date, UWN has been directed by representatives from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin who were partners in the grant project. Going forward, a steering committee will be formed to provide direction for UWN’s next steps. Each state that has 5 or more members will elect a UWN Committee Representative for their state and those members not in a state with five or more members will elect a Regional Representative. The US will be split into an eastern and western region (based on the Mississippi River) and each region will elect one committee member.
In 2018 UWN established the urbanwoodnetwork.org website and the “How To Do Urban Wood Webinar Series”: Webinar #1: Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization, Webinar #2: Urban Lumber – How to Produce and Market It, Webinar #3: Producing Urban Wood Products – What, How and Where, and Webinar #4: Starting a State Urban Wood Network. These webinars are archived for viewing on the UWN website. New memberships, resources and webinars will be shared on the website as they are developed; UWN members will help identify topic areas of need.
UWN is hosting an Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar on January 30 at 1:00 PM EST which will provide participants with a set of resources developed by some of our Michigan members. These resources collectively make up the Urban Wood Toolkit. The toolkit guides urban wood advocates through the development of an urban wood plan for their community. The toolkit was produced with the assistance of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The UWN is a program of the Sustainable Resources Institute, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization specializing in natural resource research, education, training and certification.