Welcome to the Virginia Urban Wood Group where we envision:

"A future where the economic value of the timber after the tree eventually dies, 

is just as important as the many benefits it gives the community while living."

~ Damon Barron, Treecycle America

Partner News

Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation crews removed a large ash from the Harrisonburg Municipal Golf Course.  The wood will be used to build several tables for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.  

Urban Wood Group Video Project:  The Virginia Urban Wood Group will have two professionally-produced videos, one filmed in Harrisonburg, the other in Roanoke.  These videos would follow a tree from felling→milling→kiln drying→piece production→final product being delivered.  

Virginia Tech School of Natural Resources and Environment Household Wood Recycling Survey:  Household surveys consisting of three questions were distributed in Harrisonburg and Lynchburg recently.  The surveys will gauge the interest and involvement in recycling; would they be willing to do more yard tree recycling; and would they be open to purchasing local wood products. 

Newport News:  a new spider lift will soon be delivered to improve access for utility trees; purchased new firewood Woodmizer® processor for city wood waste; presently they sell poplar and pine for firewood in the city campground; selling hardwood bulk firewood; logs being sent to mills (West Pont small pine mill/hardwood to railroad tie mills).  There has been some chatter about small sawmills urban wood throughout the Tidewater area; working on improving marketing options.

Virginia Tech Extension:  There are ash logs at McCormick Farm @ SVAREC which is located in Fairfield (Rockbridge County).  McCormick Farms could be the site of a possible small woodlot owners workshop. Jonathan Kays (WIYBY Workbook author) wants to develop a Land Care Practices book to develop service provided for small woodlots with possibly some associated workshop.  Adam Downing is the lead for this project. 

Bill St. Pierre is working on the video project with Roanoke and the urban lumber coming from Roanoke.  Bill conducted tours for Virginia Tech Bis-Material group, Will Boren (leader).  Bill continues to try to define how to cut the business costs of an urban wood business?  Bill will soon be adding three more people to the staff of St. Pierre Woodworking and Sawmill. 


 The Virginia Urban Wood Group launches the Urban and Small Woodlot Forestry Business Directory

This searchable database can assist you with all of your urban tree utilization and small parcel management needs. More businesses are being added on a daily basis so check back often. Click here to view the Urban and Small Woodlot Forestry Business Directory!


Purpose of the Virginia Urban Wood Group

The Virginia Urban Wood Group has been created to promote the improved marketing and utilization of urban and small acreage trees as a viable part of Virginia's forest products economy.

Financial support for the Virginia Urban Wood project comes from:  US Forest Service, Southern Region; Trees Virginia; and the Virginia Department of Forestry. 

Virginia Urban Wood Group goals include:

  • Utilize outreach, education and innovative workforce development to assist in the development of small acreage service providers which can fill a contractor void between the arborist and the traditional production logger.
  • Improving the utilization of Virginia's urban and small woodlot forest resources via enhanced marketing opportunities.
  • Seeking opportunities to fulfill the interest and management needs of small property landowners who have concerns over issues such as forest health, fire danger and the proper management of their woods, with the ultimate goal of aesthetically managing their small forested property. 

Virginia Urban Wood Group Members

  • Joe Lehnen:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Adam Downing:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Lara Johnson:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Charlie Becker:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • P. Eric Wiseman, Ph.D: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Jeremy Harold:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Chris Wiley:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Aaron Laurin:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Bill St. Pierre:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • James McCabe:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Virginia Urban Wood Group Partners

What is Urban Lumber?

Many people ask us about our project and what it is all about.  This short YouTube video "What is Urban Lumber?" explains all about urban wood in a fun, but meaningful way.  Enjoy! 

Helpful Links

  • The Wood Database:  This thorough wood identification and information website provides color photos of hundreds of different domestic and international woods.  There is also technical information for each wood including specific gravity, hardness, shrinkage, rot resistance, workability, common uses and much more.  You will be amazed at the information on this site: http://www.wood-database.com/
  • Smart Phone Board Foot Calculator:  Norwood Sawmills has developed a board foot calculator, downloadable to both Androids and iPhones.  This mobile app give you instant estimates of the board-feet in your logs according to Doyle, Scribner and International log rules.  Bonus functions calculate the volume of sawn lumber and estimate the weight of your logs.  Download it today and give it a try!  http://www.norwoodsawmills.com/norwood-mobile-app

 Other Urban Wood Websites

Success Stories

Instructional Videos

 Forestry Fast Break:  Renewable Resources

Urban Wood Usage Forestry Fast Break:  A short video on the better use of urban trees 


 Grading Logs:  Urban trees and wood are often a neglected natural resource. The goal of this video series is to encourage the best uses of our urban-suburban trees. The Virginia Urban Wood Group has been created to promote the improved marketing and utilization of urban and small acreage trees as a viable part of Virginia's economy.

Milling Logs:  Urban trees/wood are often a neglected natural resource. The goal of this video series is to encourage the best uses of our urban-suburban trees. The Virginia Urban Wood.

  Directional Felling:  Cutting down trees in an urban setting can be a challenge!  Sometimes there is very little room for error when there are other trees, structures or utility lines in the immediate vicinity of the tree which needs removal.  The goal of this video is to introduce viewers to the Directional Felling technique.

 

Urban Wood Research

Click here to read "Waste Wood Utilization in Virginia's Interface and Urban Forests:  A Baseline Study of Industry Practices and Perceptions"

Before solving the challenges surrounding the marketing of urban and small parcel wood, there is a need to understand the underlying issues - physical, logistical, economical - all of which are impediments towards the better utilization of our urban trees.  Virginia Tech researchers, Dr. P. Eric Wiseman and Dr. Brian Bond, have collaborated on a research project which provides better understanding of these issues, including recommendations for future actions.

 

 Urban Wood Utilization Workshops

The Mid-Atlantic Urban Wood Forum:  "Applied Practices in Utilization" held August 15-16, 2017 in Richmond Virginia brought together urban wood and forestry professionals.  This event, sponsored by Virginia Department of Forestry in partnership with Trees Virginia, the Virginia Urban Wood Group and the U. S. Forest Service, featured presentations by many urban wood experts from across the United States and an urban wood field trip on the second day. Check out photos from this event!

AGENDA

Presentations from Day One

Damon Barron:  Redefining Urban Forestry

David Barmon:  Urban Lumber, The Future of Forestry - Coming Soon

Mike Galvin:  The Baltimore Wood Project

Sam Sherrill: Starting An Urban Forest Products Business - Coming Soon

Richard Anacker: Integrated Woodlot Management - Coming Soon

Shaun Preston: Baltimore City's Camp Small:  Urban Wood Utilization and Zero Waste Initiative

Chris Fields-Johnson:  Davey Wood Recycling

Lemuel Hancock: Woodstock Virginia-Many Bends, Perfect Break - Coming Soon

Presentations from Day Two

Alan Moore:  Update on Urban Wood Utilization in North Carolina

Dru Preston:  Georgia Forestry Commission, Staff Forester, Forest Utilization Department

Duff McCully:  Managing DC's Urban Forest

Ellen Roane:  Pennsylvania Urban Wood Utilization Current Status

Joe Lehnen:  Virginia's Urban Wood Program

Other Recent Workshops:  

May 24, 2017 in Lynchburg VA at Camp Kum-Ba-Yah: photos here of the "Expanding Business Opportunities in Small and Urbanizing Forests:  Managing, Harvesting and Utilizing Urban Trees" 

March 28-20, 2017 in Charlottesville VA:  Virginia Urban Wood Utilization Forum

Susan Poizner, a renowned journalist, filmmaker, gardener, and one of the founders of the Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard in Toronto, Canada, traveled to Virginia for the 2017 Trees Virginia "Canopy Count" workshop in Roanoke.  Her second day in Virginia was spent at the Roanoke Urban Wood Workshop in Hollins, where she recorded a video highlighting the workshop and also authored a blog detailing the urban wood program in Virginia. Click here to view Susan's video and blog!

March 9, 2017 in Hollins Virginia:  "Expanding Business Opportunities in Small and Urbanizing Forests:  Managing, Harvesting and Utilizing Urban Trees" Workshop

 

 

 

 

Did You Know:

  • Well-maintained trees and shrubs can increase property value by up to 14%.

  • Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and save 20-50 percent in heating energy.

  • In one day, one large tree can lift up to 100 gallons of water out of the ground and discharge it into the air.

  • A mature tree removes almost 70 times more pollution than a newly planted tree.

  • Most tree roots are in the top 12 inches of soil.

  • A birdhouse hung on a young tree branch, does not move up the tree as the tree grows.

  • Every state has an official State Tree. Virginia adopted the flowering dogwood Cornaceae Cornus florida as the State Tree on February 24, 1956.  The dogwood is well distributed throughout the...

  • One large tree can provide a supply of oxygen for two people.

  • Trees are the largest living organisms on earth: some coastal redwoods are more than 360 feet tall.

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

  • Trees are some of the oldest living organisms on earth: some bristle-cone pines are thought to be more than 5000 years old.

Contact Trees Virginia

(434) 295 6401

900 Natural Resources Drive, Ste 800
Charlottesville, VA 22903

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Upcoming Events

2018 Waynesboro Workshop
09-14-2018 7:15 am
Category:  Workshops
Board of Directors Conference Call
09-19-2018 9:00 am
Category:  Free

Our Partners

American Grove     Virginia Department of Forestry     Mid-Atlantic Chapter International Society of Arboriculture