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Urban logging initiative in Illinois
« on: May 19, 2008, 06:51:36 PM »
I have been talking with Reinee Hildebrandt Urban Conservation Program Administrator
Illinois Department of Natural Resources. She is a very cool lady with PHD in forestry, her husband worked in a mill himself. She has shown some interest in promoting urban logging through education of municipalities and giving urban loggers a link on the DNR home page (and some other stuff, she is working out the details) Getting the word out to municipalities I think would be a big help, letting them know guys are willing to saw their logs if they could just have access to them instead of the way it is now in most areas I am familiar with...haul them off and burn them/tub grinder.

We spent about on hour on the phone today yacking wood and trees. I am not sure how this will all pan out, but at least the ball is rolling. I told her about this place and when we talk again I will invite her to join and get input from "the guys in the field".

The links/info will be on this page by mid summer she hopes.
http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/urban/
On that page on the right side near the bottom is a "contact us" and it is her work email . I would say if you are an Illinois urban logger or just a concerned citizen a quick note showing interest in the utilization of urban logs wouldn't hurt a thing.
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Re: Urban logging initiative in Illinois
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2008, 10:19:01 PM »
that's a good thing, Daren, I hope it takes off.

I snagged a few logs this past week, I haven't played the urban logging game for a long time, i forgot how much work it was for me since I don't have a tractor...  I keep thinking I should make up a trailer like that small one you have.
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Re: Urban logging initiative in Illinois
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2008, 07:47:29 PM »
Well, they are working on it  8). The webmaster has some tweaking to do with links and there will be more information soon. But right smack on the DNR page http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/urban/  is an attention grabbing "Urban Forest Utilization" NEW.
The link takes you to this listing page that is also a work in progress. http://dnr.state.il.us/conservation/forestry/urban/Urban_Forest_Sawmills.htm

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Re: Urban logging initiative in Illinois
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2008, 08:47:56 PM »
Stay legal.  It won't be long before the Tax people find the list of "new" businesses and equipment. 

It happened in Florida and a lot of unsuspecting hobbiest got caught with their pants down. :)
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Re: Urban logging initiative in Illinois
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2008, 09:00:47 PM »
Good advice Tom, as usual. But as it stands they can inventory me up and down. I have made it no secret I run a $5K manual mill and work my tail off to feed myself. I am incorporated in the state and file quarterly taxes on the whole shooting match (mill/woodworking/tool sharpening). I reckon if they came around here they would give me money  :D
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Re: Urban logging initiative in Illinois
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2008, 10:04:25 PM »
Daren,  Looks to be a good deal. Hope it brings you some business. Sure can't hurt  eh? Would not be able to commit to total urban logs. If the need arises I would saw anything.
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