The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning Webinar Series

The Urban Wood Network kicks off its 2020 webinar series on March 11th 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.

Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 PM Central, 1 pm Eastern.

Webinar #1: The Urban Wood Network: Future Visioning

The Urban Wood Network will present its vision to bring together urban wood industry members to inform, collaborate and connect to build community, business, and consumer confidence in the industry.  Don Peterson, Executive Director of the Urban Wood Network will share recently established local, regional and national partnerships, membership benefits, and upcoming educational opportunities for both members and non-members.  Jennifer Alger will provide a brief update on the new partnership between the Urban Wood Network and Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods.  Paul Morrison will share how the urban wood industry has evolved over the past 20 years; staring with the slow growth of scattered individuals to the current and rapidly growing trajectory that we are now witnessing. Paul believes that these individual businesses must each define what makes them unique while also recognizing that the partnerships and potential of networking within an organization of like-minded businesses benefits each individual business and further insures our collective future.



Webinar #2: Urban Lumber Standards – April 8, 2020

One of the things that keeps coming to light in order to take our industry to the next level and rescue more trees is to get urban woods specified by more architects and designers, and therefore sell more product, is the need for industry Standards and Chain-of-Custody. These standards and chain-of-custody certification will build confidence in architects and designers to spec locally grown urban wood products.  After a peer review process and input from coast to coast and into Canada from urban wood stakeholders from various different backgrounds and experiences, we now have Urban Wood Industry Standards and chain of custody certification.  We will be discussing this new pathway for urban woods to be certified.



This webinar has been approved for 1.25 CEUs through ISA: BCMA Management 1.25 CEUs, Certified Arborist 1.25 CEUs, and Municipal Specialist 1.25 CEUs.


Webinar #3: Urban Lumber Business – May 13, 2020

Join us as we share proven strategies for scaling up and marketing an urban wood business. Now that we have a new national industry Standard and chain-of-custody certification, we’ll explain how to use them to simplify your business processes, and also walk through some of the bottlenecks that exist in our processes and how to overcome them.

This webinar has been approved for 1.25 CEUs through ISA: BCMA Management 1.25 CEUs, Certified Arborist 1.25 CEUs, and Municipal Specialist 1.25 CEUs.


Webinar #4: What to Do with the Rest of the Tree – June 10, 2020

Taking an urban log and producing some sort of lumber, boards or live edge slabs to create a value-added product is the glamorous side of urban wood utilization, but what do you do with the vast majority of wood that comes from urban trees that will not produce a sawn product?  Chipping is a common means of reducing urban wood to product that easily transported and have a wide variety of uses from boiler fuel, to a compost additive, to mulch.  However, there are other possibilities as well such as pulpwood and firewood.  There are also niche products that can be made such as tree cookies, walking sticks, spoons and a host of other craft items.  This webinar will have presentations on a wide range of products that have been produced from “non-log” trees and portions of trees throughout the country by UWN members.  Join the discussion and find out what the possibilities are.

This webinar has been approved for 1.25 CEUs through ISA: BCMA Management 1.25 CEUs, Certified Arborist 1.25 CEUs, and Municipal Specialist 1.25 CEUs.


Webinar #5: Forming a State Organization: Nebraska Urban Wood – July 8, 2020

The Urban Wood Network was founded in 2017 by individuals and entities dedicated to building the urban wood industry. We’ve learned that the only way to have a substantial impact on full-circle urban forestry management is to work cooperatively from arborist to value-added manufacturer at a local level. In 2018, the Urban Wood Network presented the webinar “Starting a State Urban Wood Network,” which featured Wisconsin Urban Wood, a fully functioning state network. To give additional perspective on the formative stages of creating a state-wide urban wood network, this webinar will highlight efforts underway to form Nebraska Urban Wood. Those leading these efforts will share their collective experiences in the hopes of assisting businesses and others to join the urban wood movement. The Nebraska Urban Wood webinar will give an overview of Nebraska’s existing urban wood using industry, municipalities and tree service involvement, potential funding sources, organizational structures, and recent events and organizational efforts.

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. The Urban Wood Network is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service.  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.