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The volume of wood removed in urban settings each year is substantial, creating a costly bottleneck of material that is often destined for the landfill. This issue is exasperated by mortality due to tree disease and pest issues, development and construction, and damage caused by storms. This brochure illustrates how communities can convert urban waste wood from a liability to an asset. 

Topics discussed:

WHAT and WHY of urban wood use programs

Economic and environmental benefits of urban wood utilization

Steps and resources needed to establish a program

Market opportunities for urban wood materials

Please refer to the brochure guidance document to personalize the publication for your state-specific needs. 

Development of the publication was led by Andrew Pleninger from the North Carolina Urban & Community Forestry Program, with assistance from Dovetail Partners, and was funded in part through an Urban & Community Forestry Grant from the North Carolina Forest Service, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Southern Region.  

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