Urban Wood Market Development

As the Emerald Ash Borer infestation works its way through the Great Lakes region, it is estimated that millions of trees will need to be removed through 2020 and beyond. With support from Grand Victoria Foundation, Delta Institute supported a sustainable market for wood from felled urban trees. During the two-year project Delta Institute created an economic framework for urban wood; built the market for urban wood by advancing an industry-wide standard for harvesting it and stimulating local demand; and connected wood users to 115,000 board feet of urban wood.

For practical guidance on urban wood utilization for homeowners, municipal foresters, tree care companies and wood users, read the Urban Wood Utilization Best Management Practices.

For guidance on achieving LEED certification with urban wood, reclaimed wood, and other responsible woods, see our StoryWood Toolkit. Delta continues its urban wood market facilitation work, as we seek new, viable uses for our supply of urban wood.

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