Lumber is a tree recovery and recycling cooperative on a mission.
In our 21st century vision, urban timber is harvested for
multi-purpose woodworking–from custom cabinetry and furniture making to
sculpting and woodturning.
Currently, trees that are no longer viable are used in two ways–for mulch and fuel. Why recover urban timber? Every
year, over 200 million cubic yards of urban tree debris is generated in
the United States. Recovering just 15% would fulfill nearly a
third of our country's lumber needs – without cutting down viable trees.
In addition, the cost for municipalities to remove and dispose of
trees felled because of weather, natural mortality, construction
activities and other reasons has become prohibitive. The rising
rates for disposal –labor, transportation, landfill fees – creates an
enormous burden on local government. Recovering urban timber and
converting it to usable lumber turns a tree from a liability into an
asset and allows usable wood to be repurposed in a variety of ways.
Viable Lumber makes it
possible to recycle some of this valuable wood and offers everyone in
the process tangible benefits such as:
Property Owners – Downed
trees are removed and reused cost efficiently and safely. Also,
our network of artisans can provide you with an heirloom piece to keep
your cherished tree alive in your memory. You can view or download
a color brochure here.
Arborists and Tree Removal Services – Save money by reducing dump fees. Save time and equipment wear by making one cut instead of many.
Woodworkers, Artists and Green Builders – Provide quality and variety to your clients in an environmentally friendly way.
Municipalities – Reduce
your waste stream and participate in developing a valuable resource by
recycling wood. Protect your citizens with only licensed and