“Urban Wood Toolkit” Webinar Series

The Urban Wood Network presents the Urban Wood Toolkit Webinar. 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 Network invites these and all urban wood advocates to participate in this 90-minute webinar.

Urban forests can be sustainably managed from ‘seed to sawdust’ by capturing valuable urban forest products from urban trees that need to be removed. This webinar will show different models of full circle urban forest stewardship that are used to reclaim urban forest products from those felled trees, and what strategies have been employed to support the reclamation of those urban forest products.


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 #2:  From Leaders to Neighbors – Gaining Support for Urban Wood
August 28th 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

This webinar will guide 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 will walk participants through Bulletins #2 and #5. Following Margaret’s introduction Dwayne Sperber, founding member of Wisconsin Urban Wood and Urban Forestry Council Member, will discuss 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, will share his experiences in building a successful urban wood business by partnering with industry members from municipalities to urban wood buyers.


The first bulletin, A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans is the backbone of the entire toolkit and will be the focus of the webinar. The remaining bulletins supplement and expand on many of the ideas presented in Bulletin #1.

Bulletin #1: A Guide for Creating Urban Wood Utilization Plans is divided into seven sections, each as a one-page worksheet to help users assess current capabilities, identify needed resources, and explore potential opportunities. Each secton offers a discrete snapshot of one part of the wood use planning process, making it easier to tackle the work in separate segments over time as scheduling allows.

Corresponding bulletins help to expand upon these topics and provide the users with more specific resources including such things as: product opportunity standards, resource links, and usable outreach templates. This webinar will walk participants through the Guide.

The Urban Wood Toolkit was written by Jessica Simons of Verdant Stewardship and Margaret Miller of Spalted Banjo Consulting. With support from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Forest Resource Division Forest Utilization and Marketing Program (special thanks to Dave Neumann), the Sustainable Resources Alliance and the U.S. Forest Services Northeastern Area – State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.

Author Margaret Miller and MDNR staff will speak about the need for increasing urban wood utilization in Michigan and beyond, their collaboration on the Urban Wood Toolkit and will walk participants through Bulletin #1.


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.