Our new hours are Fridays & Saturdays from 9:30am-3:30pm, Sundays from 10am-3pm, and by appointment. You can also continue browsing our online inventory for curbside pickup.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How are you connected to the Sacramento Tree Foundation?

Urban Wood Rescue is the newest program of the Sacramento Tree Foundation. It was born out of recognition that our organization needed to address the needs of the whole life of a tree, including the end of life.

Do you have lumber in _________ size?

Possibly - you can find an inventory of our dry slabs and cookies here. Although we generally stock standard sizes for dimensional redwood and other softwoods, when it comes to dimensional hardwoods or slabs that are still drying, your best bet is to come visit our lumber yard during normal hours to see our inventory. We do not mill to custom specifications for small orders. 

Why don’t we have lumber at a particular size?

What other people consider defects, we consider beautiful. This character is what we think makes urban lumber so cool. It also means that we mill according to the natural dimensions (and limitations) of the logs that make their way to our yard.

When are you open?

Currently, the yard is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9-5 and Sundays from 10-4. We are happy to schedule visits on other days by appointment.

How is urban lumber different from reclaimed lumber?

Urban Wood Rescue is an urban lumber yard, which means that we mill and dry lumber from local urban trees that were removed. Reclaimed lumber is a term that refers to lumber that has been previously used in construction and is being reused, repurposed, or recycled into a new project. Both urban lumber and reclaimed lumber support sustainable practices in the lumber industry.

Tree Cutting, Recovery, and Donation

Can you cut down my tree?

No. Urban Wood Rescue does not perform tree removals.  

Do you recommend a tree care service to remove our tree(s) and/or transport logs to your location?

Our Sacramento Tree Foundation website has great information on How to Hire a Reliable Tree Care Company. There you can find out what to look for in a company/arborist, what questions to ask, and more.  There are many great companies out there and quite a few have delivered and donated logs to us in the past, including: A Plus Tree, Richard's Tree Service, Environmental Tree Service, Doug Peterson Tree Service, West Coast Arborists, Mowbray's Tree Service, Davey Tree, and more.

Can I get a discount from the tree company for giving you the logs?

In some cases, a tree company may give you a small discount because they will save time from not having to chip or pay the tipping fees at the landfill.  

What kind of logs do you take?
Logs must be relatively straight, otherwise we cannot mill them.
WIDTH: Minimum 14” diameter and up to 6+ feet diameter.
LENGTH: At least 8 feet plus a few inches. The longer, the better! We may accept shorter lengths of particularly unique wood, burls, etc.

Donations are tax deductible. Read more about which species we accept here. All donations must be coordinated in advance by contacting Program Director Jennifer Szeliga (916) 974-4336 or urbanwoodrescue@sactree.com. At this time, logs must be delivered to our location at 6045 Midway Street, Sacramento. 

Can I keep some of the milled lumber from my donated logs?

No, but we can inform you when the logs are milled so that you have the opportunity to purchase wood from your tree. When you donate logs to Urban Wood Rescue, you will be provided with an in-kind donation document that indicates the total board footage of the donation and estimated fair market value of the logs so that you are able to meet IRS guidelines for charitable giving.

Milling and Drying Logs

Do you have a portable milling service?

We do not. 

Can I bring my log to you to be milled?

We cannot mill your log for you, but you’re welcome to donate your log. If you do not want to donate your log, you can find custom saw mills at the Urban, Salvaged, and Reclaimed Woods network.

Can you dry my private lumber?

Not at this time.

Surfacing, Finishing and Furniture

Can you flatten the lumber I buy?

Not at this time, but we can refer you to our partners throughout the region.

Do you make furniture?

No, we don’t make finished projects, but we can refer you to a list of local artisans.

Will you apply finish to the wood I purchase?

No, the finishing process is up to you or the artisan you commission.

Artisans

Can you recommend a local artisan or maker?

While we do not endorse any specific companies, we created a list of local makers/artisans who purchased our wood or visited our yard.

I’m an artisan, can I sell my work at Urban Wood Rescue?

No, but drop off a business card so we can refer our customers to you.

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Our new hours are Fridays & Saturdays from 9:30am-3:30pm, Sundays from 10am-3pm, and by appointment. We ask that all visitors wear a mask, and we will limit our capacity to 10 visitors at a time.

You can also continue browsing our online inventory for curbside pickup. Please call (916) 974-4336 with any questions.

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