Recycling & Reuse



Dovetail Partners tracks trends and developments related to recycling and reuse, including urban wood utilization, lumber reclamation, and paper recycling.



Making Use of Urban Trees Video


This video tells the story of "Wood From the Hood" and a unique approach to reclaiming discarded trees from local neighborhoods.  The urban trees are made into flooring, millwork, furniture and accessories for the home and office.



Most analyses related to U.S. timberland and timber production focus on forest land that is producing, or is capable of producing, more than 20 cubic feet per acre per year of industrial wood crops under natural conditions, is not withdrawn from timber use, and is not associated with urban or rural development. It’s quite reasonable to focus our research and attention on these commercial forest lands due to their size and economic, social and environmental importance. However, there are other categories of forested areas in the U.S. that tend to “fall through the cracks,” and that are rarely researched or discussed regarding their potential to provide wood-based products. Urban forests of the United States are such an example. Utilization of urban trees for wood and paper products is still in its infancy. However, the idea is drawing more attention from researchers, community officials, arborists, tree care firms, and wood-using industries including bio-energy producers.


Questions that often arise when discussing the potential for urban tree utilization include:


  • How much wood is in our urban areas?
  • What are the major constraints to utilizing this wood?
  • Are there viable examples of urban tree utilization industries?
  • Can bio-energy play a role in urban tree utilization?


To learn more, download the Dovetail Report Urban Tree Utilization and Why it Matters



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