Urban Wood Network’s National Urban Wood Academy

Join the Urban Wood Network for our annual gathering to network, share and discuss the newest strategies to overcome challenges and build successful local urban wood economies. Cities, entrepreneurs, and advocates are leading initiatives to ensure that when urban trees are removed, there are opportunities for the material to be put to their highest and best use. Property owners, municipalities, arborists, sawyers, wood workers, manufacturers, retailers, educators, researchers, and advocates are invited to participate in this year’s interactive sessions by bringing information about their own efforts to support peer learning and insights into lessons learned.

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.

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.

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

“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

“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.

“Urban Wood Toolkit” Webinar Series

The Urban Wood Toolkit is a planning guide that walks users through the process of building an urban wood use plan.  The Urban Wood Network presents these webinars to dive into the Urban Wood Toolkit. Presenters share their experiences in developing and expanding wood utilization efforts in their communities.

Webinar #1:  Start with a Plan – A Guide to Creating an Urban Wood Utilization Plan

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


“How to Do Urban Wood” Webinar Series

The Urban Wood Network presents the “How to do Urban Wood” webinar series, a series of webinars during which experts in the urban wood field will share how they’ve successfully utilized 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.

Webinar #1: Urban Tree Removals – Reducing Costs and Promoting Utilization

Webinar #2: Urban Lumber – How to Produce and Market It

Webinar #3: Producing Urban Wood Products – What, How and Where

Webinar #4: Starting a State Urban Wood Network



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.