One of the primary problems with urban forestry is that much of our valuable natural resources are being wasted in chippers, burners, and taking space in our landfills. One of the reasons that much of our valuable, local resources are underutilized is that many of the sawmill companies that existed in San Diego County have gone out of business since 2008. There is only a small active community network of sawmills in San Diego, and, as a nonprofit sawmill company, Lumbercycle can ensure that even trees that aren't the most desirable can still find purpose in community enrichment.
Although community organizations could use local wood for community artwork or other community engagement activities, there are not enough sawmill mills to process the wood. There are artists in every community that are ready and willing to use their talents to enrich their neighborhoods, and by providing them with beautiful urban lumber, we can give them a platform for their expression.
any local residents are unaware of the value of sustainable agriculture, as evidenced by the abundance of trees like Blue Gum Eucalyptus and Canary Island Pine at many residences throughout San Diego County, which are not drought resistant and can be potentially hazardous during inclement weather. Sawmills are dis-incentivized from using these invasive, undesirable trees and therefore they are at higher risk being disposed of in a landfill. Lumbercycle will utilize wood from undesirable trees and encourage and assist residents to plant sustainable trees.
Two trees that are most underutilized are Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees and Canary Island Pine trees. Blue Gum Eucalyptus trees grew tall and fast, and although beautiful, they absorb lots of water and can be highly unstable and therefore fall over easily in storms, especially after drought conditions. These, as well as Canary Island Pine, are removed around the city at the highest rate, yet produce poor quality lumber, leading to more biomass for mulch, firewood, and landfills. Despite this, they continue to be planted in environments that aren't suitable for them, which creates problems down the road. By working with the community and enforcing tree species lists approved by the city, we can practice proper urban forestry techniques and plant appropriate trees that will also provide good lumber when they are removed in the distant future.