NBS4 - The Urban Wood Revolution Is Now! Come Join the Movement

Fri. August 24| 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | Room: C206

Presented by: The Urban Wood Network

The urban wood movement is expanding as more local, state and regional networks take root across the U.S. and Canada. These urban wood supply chains unite private and public landowners, tree care professionals, sawyers, woodworkers and others who embrace the environmental and economic benefits of putting felled landscape and community trees to their highest possible use instead of seeing them enter the waste stream. At the upper end of the spectrum, the most desirable urban trees are being milled as lumber used to make custom furniture, cabinets, flooring and other wood products.

This session represents a golden opportunity for woodworkers, lumber suppliers and others with an entrepreneurial vision to learn how to join the urban wood movement. Presenters include representatives of three organizations leading urban wood movements in their specific regions: Urban Wood Network, Midwest; Virginia Urban Wood Group, Southeast; and the Urban Salvaged & Reclaimed Woods, West Coast. The expert panelists will provide first-hand information on creating profitable and unique products from urban lumber and slabs. Rich Christianson, communications director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team and formerly editorial director of Woodworking Network, will moderate the program. 

Seminar highlights include:

  •  The unique source local/buy local marketing appeal of urban wood products and the interesting stories they tell.
  •  The environmental advantages of utilizing urban wood.
  •  How to find local sources of urban wood.
  •  How to join or start a local urban wood network.
  •  An opportunity to get answers to your questions from our expert panel.

Note: While admission to this program is free, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat.

Type: Education Session

Cost: Free Session

Track: New Business Sectors

Session Sponsor


Alger, Jennifer
Alger, Jennifer CEO, Far West Forest Products
Christianson, Rich
Christianson, Rich Communication Director; Owner, Illinois Wood Utilization Team (IL WUT); Richson Media LLC
Lehnen, Joe
Lehnen, Joe Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist, Virginia Department of Forestry
Sperber, Dwayne
Sperber, Dwayne Owner, Wudeward Urban Forest Products

* Registration Required Sessions: You must register through the IWF 2018 registration system for this educational conference if you wish to attend.