Forest Service R&D is working with partners to rethink the value of what many consider to be urban wood "waste" and the role that urban wood can play in achieving a city's economic, social, and environmental sustainability goals.
The Baltimore Wood Project is a partnership effort that brings city government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders together to explore how Baltimore's wood resources can be salvaged, recycled, and repurposed out of the city's waste stream. Rethinking Baltimore's wood waste can save money, create jobs, spur local enterprise, provide green materials, and help the city achieve its vision of a sustainable future.
The Baltimore Wood Project involves several project components:
Project COUNT: Assessing the city's urban wood resources
We're taking stock of Baltimore's wood inventory and what is normally considered wood "waste" - both salvageable wood from a typical row house, and woody biomass from tree trimmings and storm debris.
- Project SALVAGE: Transforming the traditional waste model
We're designing ways to recover good wood from buildings before they come down, and collect tree trimmings and downed limbs from storm damage - saving it all from becoming waste.
- Project SORT: Designing a way to sort and process salvaged wood in the city
We're exploring ways to sort, process, and store salvaged wood in the city, for distribution to new urban wood markets.
- Project USE: Advancing markets for reclaimed and recycled wood products
We're assessing existing and new urban wood market potential, and how the city can begin incorporating reclaimed wood and wood fiber in sustainable design.