Demonstration Projects

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.

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Urbanwood Project

Southeast Michigan's Reclaimed Wood Marketplace - bringing together local businesses to create sustainable products from removed urban trees.

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Michigan Wood Energy Project

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.

"It Grows on Trees" Woodworking Competition and Exhibition

(A project of local artist, David Gendler), Ypsilanti, MI and Highland, MI

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Small-Business Demonstrations: Portable Sawmill Operations

  • LaMont Brothers Tree Service (Whitmore Lake, MI)
  • Last Chance Logs to Lumber (Livonia, MI)

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City of Grosse Pointe Park

Milled dying elm and ash trees into lumber used at city recreation areas.

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Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge

Constructed rustic stream crossing at Humbug Marsh using ash from Detroit street trees.

Saginaw Conservation District

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.

A project of the Southeast MI RC&D


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Targeting Michigan's core emerald ash borer infestation area of Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.