More and more communities are looking for better ways to manage their urban forests. Whether that means seeking more eco-friendly options, or supporting more local initiatives, or both, developing a program to reclaim community wood will assist in reaching those goals. Urbanwood isnt really much different from traditional wood. Its durable, beautiful and renewable. The only difference is that it doesnt come from typical forests or lumber yards. Rather, it grows in backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. hoffman_nnfp_20080730_5450 John “Sawmill John” Haling is an urban sawyer in Michigan. Photo by Peter Hoffman. Unfortunately, trees removed from our cities are often seen as waste, and generally end up in a chipper. Urbanwood programs seek to end this cycle, by working to save logs. This creates a wide variety of green products, conserves resources, and supports local jobs. Turning an urban tree into a finished product is labor-intensive, but well worth the effort. Hazardous trees are removed due to death, disease, or development. Quality logs are handpicked and set aside. Local mills process the logs one at a time to preserve each ones unique character. The lumber from this waste wood becomes beautiful furniture or flooring for your home. Furniture made from urban wood by designer Paul Hickman Furniture made from urban wood by designer Paul Hickman The US Commerce Department found that 73000 American furniture jobs were eliminated between 2000 and 2002. During the same period

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