Stoughton, Wisconsin



Wisconsin Urban Wood proudly refers to this multi-organization model for recovery of urban wood as the “Stoughton Model.”  In this model the city forester takes a leading role in developing relationships with community members and organizations to recover and use wood from urban tree removals. Participants include someone who can saw and dry lumber, wood program directors; groups interested in selling the merchandise locally; and an industry partner willing to contribute time, expertise and start-up funds. The forester provides logs; the groups process, make and sell products made from the city trees; and in Stoughton’s case, industry provided funds to build their first portable solar-electric kiln. Money made from the wood is used to support the individual programs.

City of Stoughton’s Forester, Randy Nelson, works with the local high school wood shop teachers, the senior center, the local hardware store, and local industry to sustain its urban wood program. Nelson’s efforts garnered regional and national attention for recovering Stoughton’s trees to produce lumber, a system for urban wood education and outreach, and a community-based tree ethic.

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