Rained out, but not washed out! | First Annual Atwood Urban Forest Fest

 Friends of Sustainable Atwood,

A glowing red rain cell threatened to bear down just as the Atwood Urban Forest Fest was set to begin a week ago Saturday, June 22. We couldn’t risk the potential rain damage on the beautiful furniture made from Atwood’s trees, the bicycle made from urban wood, neither could we mill Big Oak Childcare’s big oak, nor set up tents with loads of information and people to tell you about the exciting things going on in our neighborhood forests … so, sadly, we had to cancel our event because of the impending storm (ironically, because it wiped out so many trees).

However, we made the best of it and ducked inside Trinity Lutheran Church for a mini-forest fest.  You can check out our pictures here.

We held a brief dedication ceremony for the new Little Free Urban Forest Library located at Winnebago and 1st Street (in front of Trinity Lutheran Church), along with a bench made of cherry wood taken from a storm damaged tree on private property only 5 miles from where the bench was installed.

A huge thank you to our would-be-guests speakers, Alder Marsha Rummel, City Forester Marla Eddy, Jen Voichick of Habitat Restore, Allison Werner of Big Oak Childcare, our would-be-miller, our many presenters and wood workers, and to MG&E who printed our flyers! And another huge thanks to everyone in the neighborhood who braved the rain to check out the forest fest.

A special thanks to Sean Kirkby for his article in Madison Commons about our project.

Until next year, we’ll keep looking for ways to show you how to save valuable wood from the waste stream. Check out Habitat Restore West’s new urban wood rack where they are selling hickory, black walnut, cherry, oak and ash from local trees. Keep your eyes open for our upcoming Neighborhood Guide to Urban Wood and … next year’s Second Annual Atwood Urban Forest Fest!

For the Planet,

Twink Jan-McMahon  &   Tiffany Jan