The Urban Wood Network is made up of members from across the United States and beyond. Since the early 2000’s, urban wood professionals have worked to accomplish the mission of urban wood utilization through uniting, promoting, and demonstrating its use before eventually coming together as UWN. Our ever-growing collaborative network of urban wood industry professionals – from Arborists to Sawmills, Suppliers, Manufacturers & Makers, Design Professionals, Consultants, Municipalities, Students and beyond – allows consistent access to collective experience and connectivity to help the industry thrive.

We are doing more than just saving trees and wood from a waste stream, we are giving them a second life at their highest use by promoting the robust supply chain necessary to get the highest use product from these trees.

What is urban wood?

Any wood that was not harvested for its timber value and was diverted or removed from the waste-stream and developed or redeveloped into a product. Urban wood can come from 3 sources: Deconstruction, Fresh cut urban trees, and Salvaged Trees.

Where does it come from?

Urban forests, urbanized areas, urbanized places outside urban areas, orchards, highways, roadsides, farms, communities, and generally any areas where we live or work.

~12.7 MILLION

Every year in America, we typically chip, burn or landfill about 12.7 MILLION metric tonnes of urban logs that could be processed into quality urban lumber and durable urban wood goods.

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Based on and average dry weight of 3.5 lbs and the approximate 8 Billion board feet identified in the US Forest Service Report “Annual biomass loss and potential value of urban tree waste in the United States”, David J. Nowak a,⁎, Eric J. Greenfielda , Ryan M. Ash

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Urban Wood Network is the leading international organization representing, supporting and promoting the urban wood industry

~ 6.35 MILLION

Every year in America, we miss out on the opportunity to continue to sequester abourt 5.7 MILLION metric tonnes of CARBON within quality urban lumber and durable urban wood products.

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Based on wood being approximately 50% carbon by dry weight on average and an average dry weight of 3.5 lbs. Then applied to the approximate 8 Billion board feet identified in the US Forest Service Report “Annual biomass loss and potential value of urban tree waste in the United States”, David J. Nowak a,⁎, Eric J. Greenfielda , Ryan M. Ash

Pivotal

Urban Wood Network plays a pivotal role in urban wood utilization by establishing consistent messaging, terminology, and branding

~154 MILLION

If we capture only 20% of the approximately 12.7 MILLION metric tonnes of potential high-grade urban lumber each year, the carbon offset achieved would be equivalent to planting approximately about 154 MILLION trees and growing them for 10 years.

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US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

Collaboration

Urban Wood Network fosters collaboration between urban forest managers and the urban wood industry.

We are here to impact those numbers

A thriving urban wood market means more holistic management of urban trees, where every part of the tree can be put to its highest and best use, while vastly reducing the waste component of urban wood. 

Creating and expanding opportunities for urban trees to achieve their highest and best use, from seed to sawdust, results in stronger local economies, reduced expenses and a decreased carbon footprint for communities.

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