Country Lore: Urban Tree Recycler

Why let usable lumber end up in landfills, when you could recycle it for furnature, flooring, firewood and more?


| October/November 2004


I am a small-scale sawyer who recycles urban forest trees that normally would end up as mulch or in landfills. More than 3 billion board feet of usable lumber from urban old-growth trees is wasted every year by municipalities. My goal is to keep as much as possible from filling up our landfill, and this year, I hope to process 14,000 board feet of this “throw away” wood. It’s beautiful; I make lumber, flooring and log furniture from the best of it, and the rest is made into firewood.

We are starting a “Tree-cycling” organization to reduce the stress on our nation’s forests while pointing out the value of our urban forests. For more information, go to www.sawmillnc.com.

Kyle Edwards
Iron Station, North Carolina
 





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