The Looming Bur Oak

This is a tale of an Oak tree that grew in the wrong direction. Let's not place all the blame on the tree - it was simply trying to find as much sun exposure as it could to thrive amongst its family of other tall brethren. But a decision had to be made. A hard decision. It's a big deal to take something down that has been on this earth longer than a lot of us. But as a tree impedes on our 'precious things', we as humans feel it's our right to do with it as we please. And maybe it is. But how thoughtful and respectful are we being with this decision? You see, there is a good amount of attention being put towards planting these miraculous specimens in urban areas. Further, we pay a lot of money to take care of the trees throughout their life. And when this burden needs to come down? Go Google tree removal - there is plenty of attention there as well. But how about what happens next? Everything seems to be forgotten at that point. How can I spend the least amount of money to get this thing out of here? How fast can it come down and completely clear this area? There isn't a moment where we (most of us) think about utilization. As a point of education, neither do (most) arborists. Instead of viewing this a resource, the tree is often thrown through a chipper or, worse, chopped up and taken to the dump. Let that sink in.

 

It doesn't have to be like this. As you think about your next project, consider being a part of a success story. The Urban Forestry Initiative is set out to close this gap in a tree's life cycle and help it's wood live on through beautiful products. By considering the purchase of UFI wood, you're considering a role in education and enlightenment of the bleak scene of traditional urban tree removal. We can do better. We can be better. Fuel the UFI movement. Help us spread awareness through your next project. Your new coffee table or bench or shelf or (insert wood product here) can have a story. A savior story. A story set in the foundation of a new movement. The movement of modern urban tree removal. Where we close this gap together. A burden is only a burden if seen as such.

Thank you for your consideration. We're confident this a decision you can feel good about making.

*This tree was cut down and milled in March of 2018. The slabs shown are between 1-2" thick and have been naturally air drying. It is recommended that the air drying process should take 1 year per inch of thickness before the wood can be worked with. Kiln drying can speed this process up. Always test moisture content before working with your slab.

Last Chance Walnut

"As a point of education, neither do (most) arborists. Instead of viewing this a resource, the tree is often thrown through a chipper or, worse, chopped up and taken to the dump. Let that sink in." 

Matt isn't (most) arborists. You see, Matt works for a landscaping company that also does some tree work. Matt recognizes and appreciates the value of our urban timber. When he came across Urban Forestry Initiative's message, Matt wanted to do his part.

The Last Chance Walnut was a tree set aside in the yard of a local landscaping company. It, like most trees in this yard, was days away from being picked up and hauled away by the local sanitation company to end it's life through a slow rot. But Matt saw promise.  He reached out and asked if we were interested in helping him save this beautiful specimen. Obviously, we obliged.  We were able to split costs and split lumber in our combined effort to save another walnut. If you're a like-minded arborist interested in partnership, please reach out here. 

 

The Urban Forestry Initiative is set out to close this gap in a tree's life cycle and help it's wood live on through beautiful products. By considering the purchase of UFI wood, you're considering a role in education and enlightenment of the bleak scene of traditional urban tree removal. We can do better. We can be better. Fuel the UFI movement. Help us spread awareness through your next project. Your new coffee table or bench or shelf or (insert wood product here) can have a story. A savior story. A story set in the foundation of a new movement. The movement of modern urban tree removal. Where we close this gap together. A burden is only a burden if seen as such.

Thank you for your consideration. We're confident this a decision you can feel good about making.

UFI Merch

*This tree was milled in March of 2018. The slabs shown are between 1-2" thick and have been naturally air drying. It is recommended that the air drying process should take 1 year per inch of thickness before the wood can be worked with. Kiln drying can speed this process up. Always test moisture content before working with your slab.