Who are Our Members?
The process of creating urban wood products is a supply chain just like any other commodity. The links in the chain are the entities and businesses who own or manage the resources, those who process urban wood from the trees into a variety of finished products, those who specify and manufacture its use as premium end products, and retailers who sell the goods. In addition, consultants, advocates and agencies support the urban wood industry. Come join the movement!
The Urban Wood Network is committed to work in partnership with the full diversity of industry stakeholders. The benefits of urban wood utilization are being realized by local businesses, economies, and sustainable urban forestry initiatives.
Log or Tree Supplier
The owners of urban trees are the base from which the urban wood industry is built. Municipalities are often the landowners and managers where urban trees come from, but a large number of urban trees also come from other landowners, which include private residences, and business, university, and medical campuses, among others.
Arborists, tree services, and loggers provide a vital service to the urban wood supply chain. By caring for and ultimately removing the trees at the end of their lives, these services provide a steady supply of this sustainable resource.
Log Haulers transport urban logs, oftentimes from the removal site to the processing site. Haulers play a key role in the urban wood supply chain.
Sawmills working with urban wood are at the center of the process to put urban trees to their highest and best use. Wood producers transform urban logs into a lumber product, and resaw and prep deconstructed urban wood, getting it ready for the next link in the supply chain.
Kiln driers provide essential services to prepare quality lumber and boards by ensuring wood is dried to industry standards for quality and safety.
Urban wood suppliers work hard to fill a niche market need for consumers, design professionals, and developers who want to work with materials that tell a story. They also are the connection that is critical for the development of an urban wood industry.
Makers, manufacturers and builders feature urban wood because of the unique characteristics it offers a design, and because the utilization of local materials and resources is increasingly important to consumers and our environment. Their finished products are seen by a broad audience, bringing attention to urban wood.
Designers, architects, engineers, and consultants are professionals who regularly specify urban wood and are fulfilling two types of client needs: a commitment to environmentally friendly practices, and the search for a show-stopping material that represents something truly unique and special.
Advocates support the urban wood industry through providing education, outreach and creating awareness about urban wood and its many benefits.
Schools and universities are becoming more aware of urban wood utilization and are incorporating it into planning, policy and curriculum, preparing tomorrow’s urban wood professionals.
Join the Movement
Whether you are looking to expand your existing model or want to start a new business dedicated to urban wood, see how we can help you be successful.
Read what people are saying about Urban Wood Network!
In a new emergent industry, there is the potential for more strength and negotiating power if businesses operate together rather than as a single entity. Presenting as an industry, and a brand – the Urban Wood Network, rather than a single business allows for more credibility and support
The Urban Wood Network is the culmination of many urban wood industry veterans who recognized the value of a co-beneficial approach to advancing the sustainable recovery and the highest and best use for the products of urban and community forests. I am honored to be a founding member of the Urban Wood Network and working in a purpose-driven industry that benefits both living and built environments.