“Urban Wood Toolkit” Webinar Series

Urban wood utilization and marketing is increasingly recognized as a component of quality urban forest management programs. The use of 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. For many, developing a community wood utilization plan may seem like a complicated burden, especially when disposal of wood residues via landfill is viewed as affordable and efficient. However, finding value-added uses for wood generated through urban forestry practices can be a pragmatic way to provide benefits to your community.

The Urban Wood Toolkit was created to walk users through necessary components of building an urban wood use plan and establishing wood utilization efforts within a community.  The Toolkit is designed to be used by municipal foresters, city managers, community volunteers or students and to arm them with information needed to advance their wood utilization plan.  The Urban Wood Toolkit was written by Jessica Simons of Verdant Stewardship and Margaret Miller of Spalted Banjo Consulting  with support from the Urban Wood Network, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Urban Wood Toolkit is divided into six bulletins:

  • Bulletin #1: A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans
  • Bulletin #2: Building Organizational & Community Support for Urban Wood
  • Bulletin #3: Exploring Product Options for Urban Wood Utilization
  • Bulletin #4: Establishing an Urban Log Collection and Sorting Yard
  • Bulletin #5: Building Relationships with Wood Industry Partners
  • Bulletin #6: Recommended Resources for Building an Urban Wood Use Plan

Webinar #1: Start with a Plan: A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans

The first bulletin, A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans is the backbone of the entire toolkit and is the focus of this webinar. Author Margaret Miller and MDNR staff speak about the need for increasing urban wood utilization in Michigan and beyond, their collaboration on the Urban Wood Toolkit and walk participants through Bulletin #1.  Discussions include how to assess current capabilities, identify needed resources, and explore potential opportunities.


WEBINAR #2:  From Leaders to Neighbors – Gaining Support for Urban Wood

This webinar guides participants in strategies, resources and examples of how to gain organizational, community and industry support for an urban wood program.  Urban Wood Toolkit co-author Margaret Miller walks participants through Bulletins #2 and #5. Following Margaret’s introduction Dwayne Sperber, founding member of Wisconsin Urban Wood and Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council Member, discusses his efforts to build support for urban wood in Waukesha County, Wisconsin as well as statewide through the Wisconsin Urban Wood network. Urban wood industry expert, Jim Wesp, shares his experiences in building a successful urban wood business by partnering with industry members from municipalities to urban wood buyers.


Other Webinars from the Urban Wood Network: The “How to Do Urban Wood” Webinar Series is available for viewing

The Urban Wood Network’s “How to do Urban Wood” webinar series is a collection of webinars showcasing urban wood experts sharing how they’ve been successful in utilizing urban wood. Urban wood enthusiasts from every link in the urban wood supply chain will gain a better understanding of how others in every link of the supply chain have successfully been involved in utilizing urban through their own ingenuity and through networking with others in the urban wood community. Click here for information on this webinar series.


The Urban Wood Network is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service, State & Private Forestry, Cooperative Forestry, and the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory.  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.