You are invited to register and attend the inaugural meeting of the
Virginia Urban Wood Utilization Group
Disease, storm damage and natural mortality result in the removal of thousands of tree every year. What becomes of this large source of potential lumber, biomass, mulch?
This forum will address this issue as well as some of the barriers and opportunities of utilizing wood sourced from urban and suburban areas. Reports of case studies from Virginia and beyond.
The goal of this forum is to initiate a core group of engaged people from municipalities, arborists, loggers, woodworkers, furniture makers, owners of portable sawmills, academia and sustainability directors that will work in their local areas and across Virginia, to increase the opportunities for the best use of the wood which is removed from urban and suburban areas.
Current confirmed presenters include:
- Katie Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Minneapolis, MN
- Dr. Eric Wise, VT Urban Forestry
- Jessica Simons, Verdant Stewardship, Ann Arbor, MI
- Eric Muecke, NC Forest Service
- Damon Barron, TreeCycle, Charlotte, NC
Some of the issues that will be discussed in small groups include: storage yards, transportation communication and marketing.
We will get outside on Day 2 to take a tree down and see a portable sawmill demonstration. We will come back inside for lunch and final discussion of next steps.
Please register below to let us know you will be coming. There is no registration fee; a light breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.
If there is someone else in your organization that you think would be interested, please let them know about the event. We want a well-rounded group of engaged people to participate and bring their creativity and energy to the Forum!