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Scaling-Up Your Urban Wood Opportunities: A Role for Everyone

A community of urban wood enthusiasts poses in front of a stack of logs
John Mahoney, West Coast Arborists

Scaling-Up Your Urban Wood Opportunities: A Role for Everyone
December 11, 2019

Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.
Jennifer Alger, Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods

We are at a tipping point in local markets for urban-sourced wood all over the world.  In most large cities you can find entrepreneurs who are stocking up and preparing wood for a growing market. At this milestone event, we will reflect on the bottle necks to achieving success and share the way forward with two leaders in this new entrepreneurial field.  Katie Fernholz will bring us up to speed on the market opportunity, specific local needs, and the potential for provision of a stable, predictable, and reliable supply of wood.  Jennifer Alger will share a proven strategy for scaling up and marketing urban wood, introducing a new national standard that will build confidence in architects and designers to spec locally grown products.

Presentations

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Scaling-Up Your Urban Wood Opportunities: A Role for Everyonee
Katie Fernholz
President & CEO
Dovetail Partners, Inc.

Scaling-Up Your Urban Wood Opportunities: A Role for Everyone
Jennifer Alger
President
Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Increasing Urban Wood Use and Product Demand
This analysis examined existing programs used in the management and care of the urban forest to identify areas of alignment and potential for green market opportunities.  The analysis included identifying needs and gaps in addressing urban wood use and opportunities to increase awareness and product demand.

Standards for Certification and Chain of Custody for Urban, Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods
Draft standards developed to align processes and nomenclature for urban wood throughout North America.  These voluntary standards are based on the idea that urban wood has uniquely specific qualities that make it important to have its own standards as the sourcing, management, processing, grading and sale of these products vary significantly from traditionally sourced wood products.

The Urban Wood Network
The Urban Wood Network’s mission is to inform, collaborate, and connect to build community, business and consumer confidence in the urban wood industry.

Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods
USRW’s mission is to network together urban wood professionals and municipalities to bring urban trees back into the social and economic lives of the communities they came from, in the form of lumber, slabs, flooring, siding, furniture, art, architecture and other value added wood products. 

US Forest Service Resources

Vibrant Cities Lab: Urban Wood Reuse
A collection of materials that highlight how urban wood reuse can ignite new economies that create jobs, improve ecosystems, and reduce environmental impact.