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Wisconsin Urban Wood celebrates Green Tier Charter signing

By Central Office April 28, 2017

Contact(s): William Erikson, 608-267-3763; Twink Jan-McMahon, 608-622-7212

MADISON, Wis. - Improving urban forest management practices took a step forward Friday with the signing of a Green Tier charter by Wisconsin Urban Wood and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Wisconsin Urban Wood is a network of independent businesses and nonprofit organizations that promotes the utilization of urban wood. As a network, WUW is instrumental in working to keep urban ash trees from simply being chipped to minimize the spread of emerald ash borer. The group also works to connect the supply of the wood to those who can turn the logs into a valuable commodity. In addition, WUW promotes the societal environmental and economic value of urban wood to communities and property owners across Wisconsin.

"We are glad to be partnering with Wisconsin Urban Wood in its mission to help turn quality timber cut from urban trees into usable lumber, furniture, flooring and other valuable wood products," said DNR's Secretary Cathy Stepp.

Secretary's Directory JD Smith (left) and State Forester Fred Souba Jr. (right) celebrate the signing of a Green Tier charter with Wisconsin Urban Wood's Executive Director Twink Jan-McMahon
Secretary's Director JD Smith (left) and State Forester Fred Souba Jr. (right) celebrate the signing of a Green Tier charter with Wisconsin Urban Wood's Executive Director Twink Jan-McMahon
Photo Credit: DNR

The celebration, held today at Prima II Apartments in Fitchburg, culminated with the signing of an environmental results Charter by Wisconsin Urban Wood's Executive Director Twink Jan-McMahon and DNR Secretary's Director JD Smith. Those in attendance included WUW partners, arborists, representatives from the WI Urban Forestry Council, city of Madison, DNR Forestry staff and Avante Properties, who have incorporated urban wood in their apartment designs.

The WUW Charter provides value to Wisconsin by:

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: William Erikson, DNR, 608-267-3763, William.Erikson@wisconsin.gov, or Twink Jan-McMahon, Wisconsin Urban Wood, 608-622-7212, director@wisconsinurbanwood.org
Last Revised: Friday, April 28, 2017

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