The Story of Urban Wood
In our cities every day across Colorado, we are surrounded by trees. These trees offer us many benefits including improvement of our air and water resources, protecting us from urban heat island effects, providing habitat for wildlife, and boosting our quality of life in the city. City life is a hard life for a tree. What happens to them when they die?
More often than not, these trees, and the significant amount of wood resource they contain, end up in the landfill. In a study done in 2004, it was estimated that 170 thousand tons of wood waste from municipalities are brought to the landfill along the front range in Colorado each year. While many of our city trees are brought to the landfill, some may be ground up for mulch, and fewer will be utilized for wood products such as lumber, furniture, or art pieces.
When you utilize your urban wood resources, you offer that beautiful tree a second chance and you help keep this useful resource from our landfills.