FACT:

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.

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.