- The Great Toronto Tree Hunt
- LEAF Learning Garden
- Let It Bee
- Maple Leaf Forever Tree
- Urban Forest Demonstration Gardens
- Urban Wood Utilization
- Young Urban Forest Leaders Program
- Youth EAB Ambassador Program
- Past Projects
In November, the City of Toronto Economic Development and Culture co-hosted an Urban Wood Industry Roundtable Discussion in partnership with LEAF. The Roundtable was designed to facilitate dialogue across and between disparate supply and demand industry stakeholders. The daylong roundtable exercise engaged professionals from across the industry supply chain, including resource suppliers, processors, product producers (high value and high volume) and industry supporters. Read the Roundtable Executive Summary and see the Urban Wood Industry Roadmap that was produced as a result of the Roundtable’s findings.
Your source of information on the businesses that turn
Toronto's waste wood into a valuable resource. If you’re a business in the GTA and provide one of the services listed in this directory then you can get listed in the next issue of the directory by emailing your contact details and a brief description to greentech[at]toronto.ca.
An educational flyer that promotes the local wood industry in Toronto. Attention arborists, tree service companies, community groups, etc. - copies of this flyer are available to give to property owners removing urban trees. If you are interested in receiving a free packet of 50 flyers please send your request to greentech[at]toronto.ca.
Fifteen innovative wood prototypes by local designers using local, salvaged ash wood.
On October 24, 2013, a panel of industry and municipal experts convened at Toronto City Hall to discuss urban wood utilization initiatives, challenges, and solutions from across North America. Download and view all of their presentations. You can also watch a video of the presentation given by John Lough, Chicago Forester.
In 2002 the Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in the province of Ontario, an insect that fed on and devoured the ash tree, a native Ontario tree. In spite of efforts, treatment, and management plans by municipalities and conservation authorities, not all trees could be saved and it is expected millions of trees will vanish, forever altering Ontario’s tree canopy.
Partners in Project Green, along with Toronto and Region Conservation, City of Toronto, City of Markham, and the Town of Richmond Hill found a way to re-purpose these trees into valuable wood products, turning an ecological disaster into a success story. Check out their videos to learn more:
From Tragedy to Triumph - An Ash Tree Success Story
Town of Richmond Hill's Success Story
For more success stories, visit www.partnersinprojectgreen.com/eab
Social Media Groups
This LinkedIn group is for members of Toronto's local wood industry including arborists, sawyers and wood crafts people who are interesting in turning the dead wood in Toronto into valuable products.
This LinkedIn group has over 550 members focused on sustainable recovery and highest and best use of products from urban forests.
Uses for Urban Wood - Municipalities & the Private Sector
- Utilizing Wood Waste from CR&D and Urban Forestry Construction Resources Initiative Council (2011)
- Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species; US Department of Agriculture (2010)
- Recycling Municipal Trees: A Guide for Marketing Sawlogs from Street Tree Removals in Municipalities; US Forestry Services (2003)
- Successful Approaches to Recycling Urban Wood Waste; US Forestry Services (2002)
- Utilizing Municipal Trees: Ideas from Across the Country; US Forestry Services (2001)
Home Owner Brochures
- NeighbourWood! Reclaim Trees. Reduce Waste. Create Beauty. (Toronto)
- My Ash Tree is Dead… Now What Do I Do? (Michigan)
- Emerald Ash Board (Illinois)
- Harvesting Urban Timber (Illinois)
- Marketing Urban Trees for Higher Uses (Illinois)
Local Wood Industry Development Strategies
- Chicago's Urban Forest – Research and Opportunity Identification (2009)
- Using Industrial Clusters to Build an Urban Wood Utilization Program: A Twin Cities Case Study (2010)
- Community Urban Wood Utilization Planning Worksheet (xxx)
- Cost-Effective Tree Removal and Utilization Strategies to Address Invasive Species Attacks (2007)