Urban Wood Network announces new board of directors
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The Urban Wood Network (UWN), a national organization dedicated to increasing the reclamation of felled urban trees, recently appointed nine representatives to its board of directors.

The UWN board members include:

  • Sims Acuff, founder of Eutree, Villa Rica, Ga.;
  • Jennifer Alger, president of Far West Forest Products, Olivehurst, Calif.;
  • Jennifer Flynn, program director, SEEDS Ecocorps, Traverse City, Mich.;
  • Frederick Lafeicke, department extension leader and specialist, NC State University, Raleigh, N.C.;
  • Maisa Repka, co-founder and CFO of Cambium Carbon, Washington, D.C.;
  • Jessica Sanders, executive directors, Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento, Calif.;
  • Rick Siewert, vice president, Wood From The Hood, Minneapolis, Minn.;
  • Daniel Torres, co-founder and CEO, Deadwood Tree Revival, Paso Robles, Calif.; and
  • Scott Ward, principal, Fifth Estate Communications, Takoma Park, Md.

The newly appointed members were selected from a group of 21 applicants by UWN’s interim board of directors on Jan. 3.

UWN was developed in 2017 to formally unite unique urban wood industry groups and efforts under the common mission of growing professional and consumer confidence in the urban wood industry through information, collaboration, and connection. The non-profit’s diverse membership includes arborists, sawyers, lumber suppliers, woodworkers, and other stakeholders. 

The UWN recently released plans to host a monthly series of webinars and programs to educate members and other urban wood stakeholders on current topics in urban wood, identify opportunities for various sectors to collaborate, highlight how to utilize the UWN to develop or expand a business, and more.


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