Welcome to the Ash Utilization Options Project of Southeast Michigan

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The Southeast Michigan RC&D Council is addressing the emerald ash borer infestation (EAB) in Southeast Michigan in a positive way by implementing an Ash Utilization Options Grant from the USDA Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center.

Through demonstration projects, training sessions, a research program, and education and outreach efforts, the Council is helping communities and businesses to develop value-added products from urban trees removed due to the emerald ash borer and other causes.

Be sure to visit our resources page for helpful information, including links to urban wood use initiatives in other states, guides for homeowners, and resources for communities.

To stay informed about the Council's current activities, please visit our news page, see our events listing, or join our newsletter mailing list.

By turning this "waste wood" into products, we:

  • create new recycling opportunities for ash and other types of wood waste,
  • reduce the burden on local landfills,
  • reduce the wood disposal costs for local communities,
  • create new markets for high-quality, sustainable wood products, and
  • create new economic opportunities for Southeast Michigan.

A project of the Southeast MI RC&D


New Wood Biomass Energy Grant for SE Michigan

New Wood Energy Assessment Program Available

$50K Demonstration Grant Available for Community Wood Use Program

See the Webinar: Utilization of Ash in the Wake of EAB

ReArt Gallery Seeks Urban Wood Artists

More Wood Use News -- See the July Newsletter

Council Awarded New Federal Grants for Wood Use

Council Seeking Administrative Contractor

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Targeting Michigan's core emerald ash borer infestation area of Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties.