Upcycling harvested wood from our communities celebrates local history and extends the tree’s story for future generations to cherish. Instead of chipping into mulch or chopping for firewood, there is a growing trend to divert that good wood to a local sawmill to mill logs into lumber.
Urban wood is a plentiful, local, renewable resource with unique character. Woodworkers, designers, artists, homeowners and business owners can create customized looks with rich colors, unique grain patterns, knots, or branching patterns found in community trees for bookcases, tables, mantels, flooring, trim or cabinets.
The DNR forestry program is working to connect people all along the supply chain to build community, business and consumer interest to embrace this untapped potential.
Learn more about how homeowners, communities and businesses are crafting fallen trees in their locales in the Summer Iowa Outdoors Magazine.