Strategic partnerships and small changes to the tree removal process convert a waste stream liability into a sustainable asset.
The removal of a tree is not the creation of a waste material, it is an opportunity to give that tree a second life in the form of wood products. Firewood and mulch are common and useful byproducts of tree removal, but there is so much more we can do when we retire our leafy sentinels.
When trees give us planks and slabs and other makers materials, they also are giving us a renewable local resource. A thoughtful and comprehensive approach to urban lumber production has numerous benefits.
Environmentally speaking, processing downed trees into wood products contributes to carbon sequestration. Simultaneously, the local sourcing also reduces the impact of transporting of this heavy material across the country, or even from other countries.
Economically, urban lumber milling creates jobs, reduces municipal waste burden, and retains money in the local economy, whereas buying wood from outside sources does none of that.