Many common urban tree removal practices in the United States view felled urban trees as costly waste. We know that trees removed from our cities and communities due to death, storm damage, or other circumstances are a resource worth saving. When processed, sold, and utilized, the U.S. could produce nearly 4 billion board feet annually to cushion local economies, reduce expenses for communities, and provide a sustainable, renewable resource to beautify our homes and neighborhoods.

We’re here to change that.

A thriving urban wood market would mean more holistic management of urban trees, where every part of the tree, from seed to sawdust, can be put to its highest and best use instead of being wasted. And it would mean that artisans and consumers alike would be able to enjoy the beauty that urban wood provides for generations to come.

We’re the Urban Wood Network

The Urban Wood Network is made up of individuals and entities from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. We have been dedicated to building urban wood businesses since the early 2000s and united to promote and demonstrate urban wood utilization. We are doing more than just saving trees from a waste stream, we are giving them a second life at their highest use, whether its mulch and firewood or premium end products like furniture and flooring.

We’ve learned from experience that the only way to have an ultimate 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. Now, we want to use our collective experiences to assist other businesses and other states to join this developing industry. We are funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2018 set in Atlanta, GA- August 22-25!


“The Urban Wood Movement is NOW! Come Join the Movement!’

Register NOW and JOIN THE MOVEMENT with an opportunity of a free 90- minute seminar, Friday, August 24th 2018, starting at 1:00p.m.

Located at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Wood-Mizer, a leading manufacturer of portable sawmills and other wood processing equipment, is the major sponsor of this unique program.

The Urban Wood Network (UWN) operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.

The Urban Wood Network invites land owners, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers and all other interested in helping advance the urban wood movement.

Attendees of this free season will learn:

  • The unique source local/buy local marketing appeal of the urban wood products and the interesting stories they tell.
  • The environmental advantages of utilizing urban wood.
  • How to find local sources of urban wood.
  • How to join or start local urban wood network.
  • An opportunity to get answers to your questions from our expert panel.

Panelists Include:

  • Jennifer Alger
    • CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, California
    • President of Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods INC.
  • Dwayne Sperber
    • Owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee
    • Partner of the Wisconsin Urban Wood
  • Rich Christianson
    • Owner of Richson Media LLC
    • Communications Director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team
  • TBA Representative of the Virginia Department of Forestry will round out the panel.

Even though the IWF Urban Wood Utilization seminar is being presented free of charge, attendees must register to guarantee a seat at the program.

Learn more and register, by clicking here.

For more information about becoming a seminar sponsor and general inquiries, contact Rich Christianson at


Join the Movement

Our mission is to inform, collaborate, and connect to build community, business and consumer confidence in the urban wood industry. Whether you are looking to expand your existing model, start a new business dedicated to urban wood, join a statewide network, or start your own, click here to see how we can provide assistance.

The Urban Wood Network is made up of individual and organizational efforts in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin, working in cooperation to connect and enhance the full circle of sustainable urban forestry. This website was created as part of the grant project, Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle: Localized Approaches for Capturing Value and Enhancing Public Benefits from Urban Forests, funded by the U.S. Forest Service. The Urban Wood Network provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.