Urban Wood Market Development
Urban Wood is lumber from trees removed for reasons other than harvest. Every year, trees from streets, backyards, parks, and other green spaces come down due to storms, construction, or pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer. Most end up as wood chips or logs in municipal landfills.
We can do better. If milled into lumber, those trees would yield almost 30% of the nation’s yearly commercial hardwood lumber output. With over 74 billion trees in U.S. metropolitan areas, and plantings outpacing removals, Urban Wood is a sustainable resource. Urban Wood transforms our communities’ fallen or condemned trees into functional -even beautiful- products we can use.
Town & Country supports Urban Wood Market Development to highlight this economic opportunity to turn a readily available resource into sustainable, local products.
Wood with Stories to Tell
Urban Wood highlighted in Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine
Whether you live in the country surrounded by woodlands or in the city near a park with trees, you probably have a fond tree memory. Maybe you built a tree fort. Or you recall the tree under which you shared a first kiss. Trees connect us to our past but also may be links to our future.
"I like to deal with wood that has a story," Morrison says.
On Aug. 18, 2005, a tornado carved a 10-mile path of destruction across subdivisions and farms just north of Stoughton. Afterward, one family chose to rebuild, using a walnut tree from their property. The tree is a reminder of how the community came together in a time of tragedy to clean up and restore the area. . .
To read the complete article by Natasha Kassulka that first appeared in the Oct. 2012 Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine, follow this link.
Three for a Tree
Watch this YouTube video to get inspired. In 3 minutes, you'll be on board. See what we're talkin' about!