The upcoming North Carolina Urban Wood Conference in Asheville will explore North Carolina’s urban forests and how trees from those forests are used once they come down. Photo courtesy of the Asheville GreenWorks website.

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ASHEVILLE — The N.C. Forest Service is partnering with the N.C. Urban Forest Council, Asheville GreenWorks and Biltmore Estate to host the North Carolina Urban Wood Conference on Friday, Oct. 21.

The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Lioncrest on the Biltmore Estate, the birthplace of modern forestry.

The upcoming North Carolina Urban Wood Conference in Asheville will explore North Carolina’s urban forests and how trees from those forests are used once they come down. Photo courtesy of the Asheville GreenWorks website.

“This is a very important gathering for the emerging North Carolina urban forest products industry that has been forming over the last couple of years in the Asheville area,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

Urban forest product business owners, urban foresters, arborists, educa­tors, urban forest researchers and advocates are invited to meet for the first time to promote the further growth and development of this industry in North Carolina and to set an agenda for the formation of the Urban Forest Products Association of North Carolina.

The N.C. Forest Service has put together a collection of speakers from across the nation who represent top leaders in urban wood utilization. Speakers will discuss the industry’s most critical issues including new business formation, certification of urban forest products, and how com­munity and governmental organizations can support the further develop­ment of the industry throughout North Carolina.

Registration fee is $75 and includes refreshments and lunch.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Asheville (Area) Chamber (of Commerce) is hosting a Wood Day in its lower parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. so the public can see how urban wood can be processed into useful products instead of being taken to the landfill or chip mill. There will also be portable wood mills operating during the event. The second day of the conference is free and open to the public. The Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce park­ing lot is located at 33 Montford Ave., Asheville.

To register or learn more about the conference, go to www.ashevillegreenworks.org/urban-wood/. Information is also available by calling Eric Muecke, urban forester with the N.C. Forest Service, at (828) 438-3795, Ext. 205.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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