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Sam Sherrill

Sam Sherrill

Samuel B. Sherrill, Ph.D. (economics) Emeritus Professor of Urban and Community Planning, School of Planning, University of Cincinnati. Courses: evaluation research methods, computer-based statistics, and planning economics. Academic Positions: Visiting Scholar, Computer Resource Laboratory, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Faculty Fellow, Intergovernmental Personnel Program, Impact Evaluation Group, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC. Adjunct Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Relevant Publications: Harvesting Urban Timber: A Complete Guide reprinted by Echo Point Books (available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble). With David MacFarlane, Measures of Wood Resources in Lower Michigan: Wood Residues and the Saw Timber Content of Urban Forests. With Stephen Bratkovich: Carbon and Carbon Dioxide Equivalent Sequestration in Urban Forest Products, Dovetail Partners, Inc. Estimates of Carbon Dioxide Withheld From the Atmosphere by Urban Hardwood Products, Dovetail Partners, Inc. New Life (and Profits) From Old Trees, Tree Care Industry Bur Oak, Popular Woodworking Identifying and Measuring Unintended Outcomes, Evaluation and Program Planning Toward a Coherent View of Evaluation, Evaluation Review

The State Of Urban Lumber

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Dr. Sherrill has devoted last 25 years campaigning for the economically and environmentally optimal utilization of urban trees by promoting the creation of an urban forest products industry and state urban forest products organizations. Among many efforts to achieve this goal, he secured funding and organized state-wide urban tree utilization conferences in California and North Carolina. In addition, he has searched for and interviewed dozens of owners of urban forest products businesses. On a case-by-case basis, he is identifying factors that explain both the success and failure of these businesses. Was until recently an active partner/investor in a start-up urban forest products company, Urban Forest Products of Asheville, LLC, in Asheville, North Carolina. This company milled, dried, and sold urban forest lumber. The Biltmore Estate was among the company’s clients and suppliers. He is also an accomplished woodworker who uses urban trees as the sole source of lumber for commissions. Most often the pieces are made from trees that stood on the client’s property. Has given over two-dozen invited presentations on the subject of harvesting urban timber and has been the subject of over three dozen newspaper, magazine articles, and TV news reports. He made a guest appearance on the nationally televised PBS program New Yankee Workshop. He is featured in the recently completed documentary, Felled, a film about urban tree utilization. Overall, by the combination of research and personal experience, he is familiar with every stage of diverting urban trees from waste, mulch, and fuel into higher-value wood products. He has felled trees, sawed them into lumber, dried the lumber, and made furniture.

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