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Urban Wood: An Underappreciated Resource
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Urban Wood: An Underappreciated Resource


When: Tuesday, November 14 2017
8 am - 4 pm
Where: Heuser Park
694 Beidler Road
King of Prussia, PA  19406
United States
Ellen Roane

Phone: 717-705-2825

A tremendous amount of sound wood is wasted regularly in communities across the state whenever shade trees must be removed. Most is ground to mulch at a significant cost to the municipality, or at best, cut into firewood. This workshop is intended to bring together suppliers, processors, and end users of urban wood who recognize the value of the resource and wish to make better use of the material. The workshop serves as a first step toward developing an urban wood network in southeast Pennsylvania to link potential partners. An advisory committee will be formed as a result of the initial meeting, and will help guide the DCNR Bureau of Forestry in moving the process forward. Those targeted to attend will be arborists, tree services, municipal public works offices, portable and stationary sawmill owners, dry kiln operators, craftspeople, artists, architects, and educators.

Continuing Education: 7 ISA CEUs and 7.5 SAF CEUs

7:30 Registration and refreshments
8:00 A sampling of what’s going on with urban wood use elsewhere in the country, and a vision for Pennsylvania – Ellen Roane, DCNR Bureau of Forestry

8:45 Wood species, bucking, hauling – features of different woods, recognizing logs suitable for milling, bucking logs for optimum use, what external features and defects tell you about the wood inside – Ed Thomas, US Forest Service Forest Products Lab

9:30 Biochar—how it’s made, what it’s good for, potential uses in growing trees and managing stormwater – Gary Gilmore, DCNR Bureau of Forestry

10:00 BREAK

10:15 Charcoal making demonstration

10:45 Sawmilling demonstration— available mill features, deciding how to mill a log for various products, live edge vs. finished edge lumber, products most in demand, stacking and stickering, assessing service fees – Chelsea Herman, Wood-Mizer Co.

12:00 LUNCH

12:30 Air drying and kiln drying wood, and building a small kiln—what you need to know – Neal Bennett, US Forest Service Forest Products Lab

1:30 Cross Laminated Timbers—up and coming use for low value wood – Delton Alderman, US Forest Service Forest Products Lab
2:00 BREAK

2:15 A sampling of folks already using urban wood-- City of Philadelphia, Furnishing a Future, Hearne Hardwoods Inc. (invited)

3:15 Who’s Who -- who you are, what kind of work do you do, what role do you see yourself playing with regard to urban wood? What do we need to do to link all players in the supply chain?


This workshop is eligible for 7 PCH CEUs


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