Woodshop and Urban Saw Mill and Forestry Education
Our goal is to teach a new
generation skills, specifically woodworking skills and urban forest
stewardship. Additionally, we will raise public awareness about the value
of our urban forests to the city, local economy, and the environment. An
effective approach to urban forest stewardship must target and engage
students, who are the future stewards of this valuable resource.
One of our target audiences is
students in the District’s public schools. The objective of the mobile
woodshop and urban forest stewardship project is to create and help:
• Provide mobile woodshop
and carpentry training to the District’s high school and community college
students. By learning to use their hands, students will build confidence,
strength of character, and problem solving capabilities, as well as
transferable skills that can be applied to many other challenges.
• Reclaim and repurpose
the city’s trees and trimmings, and turn them into a useable source of
lumber for small construction projects (i.e. home improvement,
community-based facilities, city parks, schools, furniture, arts, and
• Create community
outreach and education on the diverse uses of urban recycled wood and the
importance of urban trees.
• Further enhance the
District of Columbia’s goals for sustainability and green building and
By bringing the tools out of the
classroom and into communities in need, students can practice their skills,
learn with experienced woodworkers and artists, improve their communities,
develop entrepreneurial skills, and foster a sense of accomplishment and
In addition, the mobile woodshop
can be used for art projects throughout the city and in the parks. We will
encourage other non-profits to utilize our mobile woodworking facilities and
offer them to city festivals, community projects, and disaster relief. The
uses for a mobile woodshop are vast.
Washington is famous for its wide
variety of trees, of which many were given as gifts by grateful nations.
These precious trees are an extremely valuable resource we can’t afford to
We are working with a wide range
of stakeholders on this project, from government to the private sector and
other non-profits and individuals.
We need your help.