Wisconsin Urban Wood

Wisconsin Urban Wood (WUW) is a 501c3 nonprofit network of independent businesses and organizations that reclaim urban trees for their highest and best uses.  Quality logs are diverted from the chipper and landfill, or from being cut into firewood, then recycled into lumber, furniture, flooring, art, architecture, and other enduring wood goods. The hallmark of our partnership is a commitment to the social, economic, and ecological benefits of urban trees.

WUW guarantees the lumber and wood products with the WUW brand have been processed locally from local trees that would have otherwise been destroyed.

How it works

Logs come from both public and private trees. A homeowner, municipality, or arborist can contact us about their trees potential for becoming lumber or products. We will work with you on arriving at the simplest solution. It may look like this: WUW arborists identify eligible sawlogs among trees destined for removal due to death, disease, or other human related causes. WUW coordinates with local WUW sawyers and kiln operators who take the logs and process them into useable lumber and dry the wood to stabilize its properties for multiple uses. Some WUW sawyers sell the lumber in retail shops, others use the wood to produce enduring goods. WUW municipalities provide logs as raw materials for recycling back into their communities which creates jobs and serves as a means of responsible stewardship of their urban forests. WUW partner organizations act as agents for locating supply and demand for our woods or services. WUW advocates support our mission financially and help tell the story of Wisconsin Urban Wood. Working with WUW simplifies the process because we work together to source, supply, use, and provide end products made from the tree. We also help existing businesses grow and encourage new ones to start up.

WUW comes from local trees removed only because of insect, disease or circumstance, NOT because of their timber value.

Our Motto

100% Highest Use for Every Tree 100% of the Time. The highest use for any tree is for it to grow healthy and strong. When it can no longer serve in this way, best practices are to ensure its highest uses based on carbon sequestration–by converting the wood into long lived, locally produced goods.