As a supplier of Wisconsin Urban Wood I work with a network of urban wood businesses every day, from municipalities and sawmills to manufacturers and retailers. They each have their own unique story of how they got started in the urban wood business, just like I have mine. Without these passionate, dedicated professionals, we would not have the infrastructure to create an urban wood industry. In Wisconsin or any other state.
I’m excited to announce a new industry resource for entrepreneurs interested in joining the urban wood movement, www.urbanwoodnetwork.org. The Urban Wood Network is a multi-state collaborative project and website I was honored to play a part in bringing to life on behalf of the U.S. Forestry Council and a Full Circle grant project funded by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.
Urban forestry efforts in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin are working collaboratively to use their collective experiences to assist individuals and organizations that are interested in:
- Adding urban wood to their existing business model
- Starting a new company dedicated to urban wood
- Joining a statewide network for urban wood providers, or
- Starting a new network in their state
A main feature of the site is a section on urban wood success stories, which profile businesses and municipalities who have put urban trees to better use and demonstrate the social and economic benefits of doing so.
- An interview with Recycle Ann Arbor’s Kirk Lignell tells how the urban wood supplier located in Ann Arbor, Michigan grew dramatically after the Emerald Ash Borer destroyed local ash trees. Now their urban wood suppliers include six different sawmills and their customers range from artisans to furniture makers.
- The City of Eau Claire success story tells how this municipality partners with local sawmills through a Use Agreement, allowing them to access the city’s marshalling yard to recover and utilize removed trees.
Yours truly was featured as well. Click here to read my story then take a minute to check out the rest of the website.
If you are interested in sharing your urban wood business story on www.urbanwoodnetwork.org, or if you are interested in learning more about the industry, please contact me.Posted by Gravity Posted on 15 Aug