UWN Idaho Chapter Welcome!
The Idaho Urban Wood Network is thrilled to join state and regional urban wood networks across the country as part of the Urban Wood Network Expansion “From Coast to Coast”. In April 2021, The Keystone Concept executed an MOU with the Urban Wood Network (UWN) to establish the Idaho Chapter of the Urban Wood Network. As a member of this national network, we are excited to build resources and capacity for a sustainable urban wood economy to grow and expand across the state of Idaho.
The Keystone Concept (TKC) has spent the last decade investing in and building effective collaborations across the US that are evolving how communities and stakeholders invest in the management of trees and forests across our landscapes and within our cities. Over five years ago, through our partnership with Treasure Valley Canopy Network, we began investigating opportunities to support cities, neighborhoods, tree care companies and urban wood makers in better utilizing city trees to support a local wood economy in Idaho’s capital city of Boise — The City of Trees. Finally, amidst the impacts of a global pandemic – COVID-19, we launched the Treasure Valley Urban Wood Network in 2020 through a partnership with local makers, millers, city forestry departments and a neighborhood association. The TV UWN quickly raised awareness and recognized opportunities for using large local trees to support a rapidly growing group of local makers.
Also in early 2020, TKC was approached by the national Urban Wood Network to support a grant application to grow the urban wood movement across the US “from coast to coast”. Thankfully, this effort was funded by the USDA Forest Service and TKC embarked on a journey to quickly expand our efforts in Idaho’s Treasure Valley to support efforts statewide and even into other states across the US.
Today, Idaho is pleased to be recognized as one of the newest members of UWN! Our Idaho UWN Steering Committee, composed of the following members, looks forward to a focused effort to raise awareness about and build resources for our growing urban wood economy in Idaho.