The first Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will be held Friday, March 18 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, Illinois.
The full-day event is being organized by the Illinois Wood Utilization Team. It will include more than a dozen informative presentations, a live portable sawmill demonstration, tabletop displays and networking opportunities.
The Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference will bring together public and private land managers, arborists, architects and designers, sawyers, woodworkers and other entrepreneurs to share and learn next-step actions to participate in a market-driven urban wood economy. The new conference will focus on industry best practices for everything from urban tree removal and milling through wood manufacturing and marketing the local appeal of urban wood products.
Confirmed presentations include case studies of urban wood initiatives taking place in Chicago; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Representatives of each of these urban centers will detail how urban trees are being diverted from landfills in favor of being converted into lumber and value-added wood products.
Prof. Dan Cassens of Purdue University’s Forestry Department, one of the nation’s foremost experts on hardwood lumber, will discuss market opportunities and strategies for promoting urban wood products. Cassens, who also runs a sawmill business, will conduct live portable sawmill demonstrations during the conference.
A networking reception featuring tabletop displays by businesses and organizations participating in the urban wood movement will immediately follow the full day of presentations.
To learn more about attending the conference or sponsorship and display opportunities, visit illinoisurbanwood.org. Additional information is also available by contacting Rich Christianson, conference director, at 773-822-6750 or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://illinoisurbanwood.org/
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