Why Use Urban Wood?
Our urban forest gives us so much –
from cleaner air, cooler temperatures, and healthier neighborhoods, a living
tree provides great value to our communities. But, we believe the benefits of
trees last beyond their life in the ground.
Historically, an urban tree at the
end of its life is removed and left in the landfill. Not only is this an
unfortunate waste of potentially useful material, it also allows the tree to
decompose and release carbon back into the atmosphere where it contributes to climate
Rather than treating them like
trash, the Urban Wood Rescue program extends the life of these trees and keeps
carbon stored within the wood by reusing as much of the tree as possible.
logs are milled into lumber for furniture, art, and other wood products. Even
if a tree cannot provide useful lumber, its remains can be used as biofuel or
composted to improve the soil (for growing a new tree, perhaps). Rescuing these
trees from the landfill allows them to continue providing benefits to our
community in new forms while reducing our carbon footprint and protecting
against climate change.