The Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council has awarded funding to several local businesses, researchers, and community groups to show how using ash and other urban trees can bring economic and environmental benefits to our region.
Ann Arbor District Library – Traverwood Branch
Ann Arbor, MI
Reclaimed ash trees function as a design feature in this award-winning building.
- Insect Infestation as Green Architecture Tool, TreeHugger
- Traverwood Branch Library, Architect Magazine
- AIA Award Winner
Southeast Michigan's Reclaimed Wood Marketplace - bringing together local businesses to create sustainable products from removed urban trees.
- The Urbanwood Project's YouTube Channel
- Urbanwood: A Better, Sustainable Option for Removed Trees, GreenovationTV
A resource center for learning about wood energy that includes an interactive cost savings calculator, results of a statewide wood boiler opportunity assessment, and biomass feasibility studies.
(A project of local artist, David Gendler), Ypsilanti, MI and Highland, MI
- Don't scrap that ash; wood remains sound, Woodshop News
Small-Business Demonstrations: Portable Sawmill Operations
- LaMont Brothers Tree Service (Whitmore Lake, MI)
- Last Chance Logs to Lumber (Livonia, MI)
- Ann Arbor News - Compiled
- Wood Recyclers Respond to Beetle Infestation, BioCycle
- Entrepreneurs log the unwanted urban forest The Christian Science Monitor
City of Grosse Pointe Park
Milled dying elm and ash trees into lumber used at city recreation areas.
- Rising from the Ashes, Tree Care Industry
- A Green Solution for Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Park Communicator
Constructed rustic stream crossing at Humbug Marsh using ash from Detroit street trees.
Milled pine and hardwood logs from road improvement and line-clearing projects into products for community lumber sales.
Genesee Conservation District
The Trees for Habitat Project launched in late 2010 to turn 100 of the City of Flint’s most hazardous street trees into lumber that will be used by Habitat for Humanity. The Genesee CD will also produce planning documents and reviews of the economic and environmental impacts of the wood use projects to help other communities learn from this experience.
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