Comstock's magazine 0119 - January 2019 - Page 73

L ike any forest, Sacramento’s urban companies who remove dead, sick and lumber yard and two mills — one for di- forest is subject to vicissitudes of na- otherwise blighted trees, the program mensional lumber and one for live-edge ture. Disease, pests, fires — any num- is able to repurpose lumber and sell it slabs that are popular in home decor ber of misfortunes can cause trees to inexpensively to consumers and organi- and art. die, be felled and require removal. The zations in the area. The foundation secured funding Sacramento Tree Foundation’s Urban “We are thrilled to have partnered to launch the program in April 2018 Wood Rescue has a solution to prevent with the [Sacramento] Tree Foundation,” through a California Department of For- these urban trees from being neglected says Liz Liles-Brown, marketing and estry and Fire Protection grant and is or summarily destroyed — a solution sales director of the B Street Theatre. already planning to expand on its pro- that gives back to local artisans and in- digiously successful first few months. stitutions, and provides a useful product “We are increasing our capacity to offer where waste would otherwise win out. wood products to the public and to mak- Through the Urban Wood Rescue ers or designers who might be interested program, The Sacramento Tree Founda- in having a sustainable, local product in tion is providing a new home for those their offerings,” Robinson says. landfill-bound trees, repurposing those “Typically, that wood is either sent to trees as lumber and providing a service the landfill, chipped into mulch or cut to organizations and artisans through- into firewood,” says Robinson. “It just out the Sacramento area. One such seems like such a tragic end to a tree customer that Sacramentans may be fa- that had so much beauty and history, so miliar with is the B Street Theatre; wood [Ray] thought of this program as a way provided by the program makes up the to complete the lifecycle and make sure striking blue-streaked paneling that that wood doesn’t go to waste,” lines the newly christened Sofia Tsako- The Urban Wood Rescue project has poulos Center for Performing Arts. allowed the foundation to repurpose — Stephanie Robinson, communication and “The B Street Theatre is one really landfill-bound wood — and in doing so, engagement manager, Sacramento large-scale project we did, The Sofia,” to eliminate carbon emissions, as well. Tree Foundation says Stephanie Robinson, the founda- “By keeping that wood in its whole tion’s communication and engagement form and milling it into lumber or slabs,” manager, referring to the theater com- “The beetle kill wood in our theaters not Robinson says, “we continue sequester- pany’s new home in 2018. “We milled all only provides a gorgeous esthetic; it also ing that carbon for generations to come, of the acoustic paneling that you see on helps with the acoustics for our plays and we give a more meaningful second the inside.” and musical concerts.“ life to these trees that are really dear to The Urban Wood Rescue program First conceived by Sacramento Tree the heart of Sacramentans.” n provided the B Street Theatre with bee- Foundation Executive Director Ray tle kill pine, also called “denim pine,” Tretheway with the goal of salvaging Robert Schaulis is a native Sacramentan prized for the blue streaks that boring urban trees that needed to be removed and graduate of UC Berkeley. He is man- insects have left on the wood. for reasons of disease, public safety aging editor of a local trade publication. Through partnerships with the City or construction, the Urban Wood Res- of Sacramento and several local tree cue project currently operates a 1-acre “we give a more meaningful second life to these trees that are really dear to the heart of Sacramentans January 2019 | 73