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Urban Wood Network Conference

November 15, 2022

Presented by: Urban Wood Network

Event Information

Join the Urban Wood Network for our annual gathering to network, share and discuss the newest strategies to overcome challenges and build successful local urban wood economies. Cities, entrepreneurs, and advocates are leading initiatives to ensure that when urban trees are removed, there are opportunities for the material to be put to their highest and best use instead of entering the waste stream. Tree owners, municipalities, arborists, sawyers, wood workers, manufacturers, retailers, and advocates are invited to participate in this year’s interactive session by bringing information about their own efforts to support peer learning and insights into lessons learned.

2022 Agenda

Tuesday November 15, 2022

  • 7:00 am -8:00 am Breakfast Meet and Greet
  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Welcome Kari Divine, UWN Executive Director
  • 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Land Ethics & Urban Wood; Strengthening the Relationships Between People and Land

    Join us as Buddy Huffaker, president of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, examines how the urban wood movement embodies the principles and tenets of Leopold’s Land Ethic through case studies highlighting the utilization of local wood products that strengthen the economic and ecological health of our communities.

    Buddy Huffaker, Executive Director, Aldo Leopold Foundation
  • 9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Urban Wood Crisis in the PNW – the Impact of EAB & Other Forest Pests

    The State of Oregon has been rocked by the presence of Emerald Ash Borer. Learn how Oregon is preparing to face this and its other urban wood challenges.

    Margaret Miller, Air Quality Planner & Forester, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Break
  • 10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Urban Wood Utilization and USDA Forest Service: Past, Present and Exciting Future

    As part of its mission, the USDA Forest Service has been promoting and providing resources to expand wood utilization to improve forest health and management for years. Through these and others efforts, awareness and activities related to addressing urban wood issues have grown. Along with current programs, recent legislation has provided historic funding that could support additional urban wood activities and programs. This presentation will provide information on these various activities and opportunities.

    Charlie Becker, Natural Resource Specialist, Forest Service, Cooperative Forestry

  • 10:50 a.m. – 12:05 a.m. Roles, Relationships, and Resources of Urban Wood

    Facilitated conversations defining roles, providing tools, and determining partners with breakout sessions and interactive workshops that leave the attendee of all backgrounds understanding their next steps in urban wood, from seasoned veterans to those considering a startup, as well as those who may just form partnerships with urban wood professionals, and those who may advocate for urban wood utilization in their own communities.

    Lead Facilitator:
    Andy Trotter, Vice President of Field Operations at West Coast Arborists, Inc.
    Group Facilitators:
    Jennifer Alger, Jennifer Alger is President of Far West Forest Products
    Paul Morrison, President, The Wood Cycle of Wisconsin
    Dwayne Sperber, Dwayne Sperber is the owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products

  • 12:05 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. From Successes & Failures to Bridges & Barriers - What Does It Take To Implement Successful Municipal Urban Wood Programs?

    This panel brings together an equal blend of business owners and municipal and state government foresters that have experience in designing, developing, and implementing municipal urban wood utilization programs. Each member brings a unique perspective from the governmental side to the industry business side. Each member has had their fair share of barriers to overcome, some were conquered and some not. Both are valuable lessons learned to share with other cities and business stakeholders, enabling them to achieve successful and sustainable municipal urban wood utilization programs more quickly and efficiently.

    Scott Altenhoff, Manager, Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Program
    David Barmon, Owner, Epilogue LLC, Urban Lumber
    Kendra Boot, City Forester, City of Fort Collins, Colorado
    Moderator: Paul Hickman, Founder & CEO, Urban Ashes
  • 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Emerging Urban Wood Trends in the Pacific Northwest

    This panel of local urban wood experts will share how they collaborate to make the most of Seattle’s rban wood resources collaboration and will highlight new emerging urban wood trends in the Pacific Northwest.

    Peter Gruenwoldt, Owner, Seattle Tree Care
    Dave Hunzicker, Operations Manager, Seattle Urban Hardwoods
    Sara Shores, Urban Forest Specialist, University of Washington
    Moderator: Joe Lehnen, Forest Utilization & Marketing Specialist, Virginia Dept. of Forestry
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. UWN Call to Action UWN Steering Committee Members

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