Archive for April, 2011

The Urban Wood Initiative

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

What is Urban Wood?

Urban wood is derived from trees that have grown in an urban setting such as an incorporated town or city. The large number of tree removals in cities and towns across the country becomes necessary for a host of reasons: Storm blow-downs, natural mortality, severe insect and disease damage, construction activities, and many other circumstances can change an urban tree from an asset into a liability. Tree removal is a growing dilemma for most municipalities across the U.S. The number of urban trees needing to be disposed of is staggering and is a very costly process for city managers and solid waste disposal operations. There are hundreds of species of trees growing in the various municipalities of the US. These trees often grow to great size and can produce lumber of very high quality and wonderful character. Unfortunately they are very hard to process into lumber. They are of irregular shape and size and the lumber tends to warp and twist as it dries. This is why little effort is made to utilize Urban woods.

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