Urban Wood Resources

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The Urban Wood Network’s TEDxUrbanWoodNetwork Talk

How Urban Wood Utilization Positively Impacts Carbon & The Climate Crisis

On December 2nd, 2021, on the campus of Michigan State University, within the first mass timber building in Michigan, the Urban Wood Network (UWN), featured Dr. George Berghorn for their first TEDx UrbanWoodNetwork Talk.

As part of COUNTDOWN, the Urban Wood Network invited politicians, business leaders, policy makers, arborists, foresters, mills, manufacturers, government staff, designers, architects, planners, philanthropists, youth activists, and others to learn how urban wood utilization positively impacts carbon and the climate crisis.

COUNTDOWN is a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action.

A net-zero future is possible, and our trees hold one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle. The talk provided excellent information and tools, by walking you through our history of wood utilization, biophilia and the critical connections between carbon and our current urban wood utilization.

Whether you are in an industry that can utilize or process urban wood, a municipality that provides urban wood or a consumer, WE NEED YOUR HELP! . . . as champions of the UWN brand, urban wood utilization in general and this global initiative.

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The Urban Wood Network’s 2021 Fall Webinar

Tools for Urban Wood Producers

The Urban Wood Network along with UWN members Cambium Carbon and Deadwood Revival Design held the “Tools for Urban Wood Producers” webinar on September 28.

If you missed joining and learning about new tools that are available for urban wood businesses and users, you can now watch the webinar below.

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The Urban Wood Network’s 2020 Fall Webinar Series

Making the Most of Campus Resources – Trees First, Wood Next and Learning Along the Way

The Urban Wood Network invites colleges and universities, campus land managers, arborists, instructors, and students; as well as municipalities, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers, architects, advocates and all others interested in advancing the urban wood movement to join the webinar.

Join us each month this fall for a UWN Webinar

September: Making the Most of Campus Resources – Trees First, Wood Next and Learning Along the Way

October: The Urban Wood Movement: Expanding from Coast to Coast

November: National Urban Wood Academy 2020

December: Helping Municipalities Develop Urban Wood Management Programs

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The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning” Webinar Series

The Urban Wood Network kicks off its 2020 webinar series with “The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning.”  The Urban Wood Network invites municipalities, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers, advocates and all others interested in advancing the urban wood movement to participate in one or all of these 75-minute webinars.

Webinar #1: The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning

Webinar #2: Urban Lumber Standards

Webinar #3: Urban Lumber Business

Webinar #4: What to do with the rest of the Tree(s)

Webinar #5: Forming a State Organization: Nebraska Urban Wood

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Urban Wood: Using Local Materials to Enhance Design and Sustainability on Projects Webinar

The type of material used in a construction project has a significant effect on the project’s sustainability and wellness goals. When considering using wood in a project, many architects and designers look for materials that are certified, salvaged or reclaimed. While these types of wood are sourced responsibly, they often are not sourced locally. Urban wood provides a responsible and locally sourced option for wood building materials.

This webinar will introduce attendees to urban wood, explain what it is, where it comes from, grade, characteristics, and considerations when sourcing. The presentation will explore how wood can support sustainability goals such as supporting the local economy, reducing waste, and how the use of wood can achieve wellness goals on a project.

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Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar Series

The Urban Wood Network kicks off its 2020 webinar series with The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning.”  The Urban Wood Network invites municipalities, arborists, sawyers, woodworkers, advocates and all others interested in advancing the urban wood movement to participate in one or all of these 75-minute webinars.

Webinar #1: The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning

Webinar #2: Urban Lumber Standards

Webinar #3: Urban Lumber Business

Webinar #4: What to do with the rest of the Tree(s)

Webinar #5: Forming a State Organization: Nebraska Urban Wood

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Carbon Storage in Urban Wood Products by Sam Sherrill

This presentation is based on two research projects conducted by Sam Sherrill and Steve Bratkovich in 2011 and 2018.  In 2011 Dovetail Partners conducted a study on the potential for carbon sequestration in three urban hardwood products: landscape mulch, biomass for fuel, and solid wood products. An Excel model was developed that focused specifically on tons of sequestered carbon dioxide equivalent of solid hardwood products from urban forests in the United States. Estimates for a 30-year period were developed for several situations based on assumptions about variations in carbon and wood harvest. The minimum estimate from the 2011 study was approximately 124 million tons of CO2e that could be sequestered nationally in urban hardwood products over a 30 year period.  Beginning in 2016, a follow-up study reconstructed the national model developed in the previous investigation to convert tons of sequestered CO2e into board feet. In addition, to making the results more user-friendly to urban wood industries, architects, and other interested parties, two products were selected, and sequestered CO2e was estimated. Download the presentation here.  Visit Dovetail Partners, Inc. for more information and to download the study reports.

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The Urban Wood Toolkit

The Urban Wood Toolkit was designed to be used by municipal foresters, city managers, community volunteers, or students who are interested in finding the highest and best use for removed urban and community trees.  Using wood from urban and community tree care residues is an effective way to reduce municipal forestry costs and waste, promote stronger linkages with the forest products industry, and produce new economic opportunities.

The Urban Wood Toolkit helps users to prioritize the most important goals and objectives for their community’s wood, recognize the types of information or resources necessary to advance, and identify the types of services that you may need from additional partners.

Download The Urban Wood Toolkit here.

The Urban Wood Toolkit was developed in 2018 by our partners in Michigan, Verdant Stewardship and Spalted Banjo Consulting, through support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Sustainable Resources Alliance, and the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area.

Harvesting Urban Trees with Modern Logging Equipment

With financial assistance from a U.S.Forest Service Wood Education Resource Center grant, SRI worked with a unique group of entities to demonstrate and analyze the effectiveness of mechanized cut-to-length equipment to remove and process urban trees.   The City of Oak Creek agreed to be part of the project in order to assist them in addressing one of the most substantial Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) outbreaks in Wisconsin.  The week-long demonstration determined the cost effectiveness of using this type of equipment and to determine if enough material would be harvested to economically market sawlogs, pulpwood, and chips.

In addition to the City of Oak Creek, other public entities involved included the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources – Division of Forestry; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; and the US Forest Service Forest Products Lab. From the private sector, Timber Resources, the Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc., Northeast Forestry Services, and Vermeer Wisconsin provided a variety of services. Wisconsin Master Logger Certified Northeast Forestry Services was contracted to do the felling, processing, and forwarding of all designated trees with their harvester and forwarder.