Today’s Topic: Southeastern Urban Wood Exchange

By on August 23, 2016

Todays-Topic

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

The N.C. Forest Service and the Urban Forest Council have launched a Web-based resource for cities and towns that want to do something with urban trees that have been removed because of age, pests, disease or damage.

Every year, urban tree removal produces an estimated 200 million cubic yards of wood residue. It costs municipalities quite a bit of money to take that wood to a waste facility.

The N.C. Forest Service is attempting to address the problem through the Southeastern Urban Wood Exchange. It’s a website that encourages the highest and best use of this wood by connecting cities that remove urban trees with local businesses or individuals who want that wood.

The Southeastern Urban Wood Exchange can help cities and towns avoid disposal costs and even generate revenue, which can be used to support pruning, replanting and other tree care activities.

You can learn more by visiting www.urbanwoodexchange.org, or contact Nancy Stairs with the N.C. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program at 919-857-4842.

To listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda talk about the Southeastern Urban Wood Exchange, click on the audio player below.

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