• Urban and community forests provide a multitude of environmental and cultural benefits, including heat reduction, improved air quality, ecosystem support and carbon capturing. Urban and community wood utilization is the processing of wood materials from urban trees that would otherwise be discarded, expanding the potential impact of every tree.


    According to the EPA, wood materials, especially from urban forests, are the largest component of municipal waste. Urban and Community Wood Utilization makes use of every tree's potential, including continuing the carbon capture process even after the tree’s natural life. 

     + Material Processing

     Urban and community wood utilization encompasses a process of three distinct stages and stakeholders:

    1. Wood Suppliers 
      • Wood suppliers are urban forest managers or professionals who remove or contract the removal of publicly owned trees. Due to the acquisition of these trees at later stages in the utilization process, wood suppliers benefit from reduced transportation and disposal costs
    2. Primary Producers 
      • Primary producers consist of sawyers and millers who use the trees, provided by the wood suppliers, to create logs, planks, chips and other lumber products. Primary suppliers benefit from a lower cost of raw materials and transportation. 
    3. Secondary Producers  
      • Secondary producers consist of furniture makers, artists and wood makers, who create valuable retail end products from materials provided by primary producers. 
     + Final Product Results

    The final products of urban and community trees have increased monetary and cultural value, which is reinvested into the community. The final products of urban trees can include furniture, art and lumber.

     + Economic Impact

    Urban and community wood utilization help stimulate and provide economic benefits to the community by lowering the cost of tree removal, providing beneficial wood products back to the community and creating jobs.