Reduce harvesting pressures on natural forests. Wood reclaimed from urban trees can offset wood that would otherwise be harvested from natural forests.
Educate the public about responsible management of the world’s forests. Urban wood recovery demonstrates responsible stewardship within the world’s growing population centers. Citizens with an affinity for trees can participate in, celebrate, and support their reuse.
Support local economies. Urban wood recovery and processing inspires unique partnerships between public institutions, artisan businesses, and larger industries.
Sequester carbon and reduce carbon emissions. High-value uses for urban wood (such as lumber and flooring) store carbon over time. And, because urban wood originates in population centers close to processors and end users, transportation distances and associated emissions are minimized.
Reduce waste disposal volumes, wood in landfills, and their negative impacts. Good wood from responsible sources is being dumped and wasted. FSC can help change these practices.