March 28-29, 2017 Virginia Urban Wood Utilization Forum

AGENDA:  Virginia Urban Wood Utilization Forum

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!



Event Properties

Event date 03-28-2017 8:00 am
Event End Date 03-29-2017 4:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Location Virginia Department of Forestry
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

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Did You Know:

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • Most trees do not have a tap root.

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

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

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

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

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