Frequently Asked Questions
General QuestionsHow 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. Although we generally stock standard sizes for redwood and other softwoods, when it comes to hardwoods, 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? Why aren’t you open more days?
Currently, the yard is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9-5 and Sundays from 10-4. We are a start-up program of a nonprofit organization. You’ll find us spending the other days of the week managing operations such as receiving logs, milling and drying urban lumber, etc. We are happy to schedule visits on other days by appointment if these hours don’t work for you, and we aim to expand our hours in the future.How is urban lumber different from reclaimed lumber?
Urban Wood Rescue is an urban lumber yard, which means that we steward the end of life process of Sacramento area trees by milling and drying lumber from those trees. 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 is not licensed to cut down trees. We are happy to recommend local tree companies who can help you.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?
Donations are tax deductible. Read more about which species we accept here. All donations must be coordinated in advance by contacting Program Manager Bethany Hannah at (916) 974-4336 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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?
We offer a "Keepsake Credit" to donors who would like to purchase some of the wood from their donated log. This credit is calculated based on total board footage (using the Doyle log scale) and is a nominal percentage of the going rate for the donated species. The credit can be used towards any available lumber on the yard and must be used within a year. You can use it to purchase some of your own wood once it is milled, however we are not able to offer custom milling or change our milling and drying schedule. That means it might be a number of months before wood is available from your specific donation.
Milling and Drying LogsDo you have a portable milling service?
Not at this time.Can I bring my log to you to be milled?
We won’t cut your log for you, but you’re welcome to donate your log. When you donate a log, you can get what’s called a “keepsake credit” to purchase lumber from your logs once we mill them or other lumber available in our inventory. We can’t tell you when your log will be milled, but we give you this credit that you can use when that happens. Conversely, because we are a nonprofit, if you choose not to use a keepsake credit, you may find tax write-off benefit for your donation.Can you dry my private lumber?
Not at this time.
Surfacing, Finishing and FurnitureCan 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 at Urban Wood Rescue, but we can recommend a local artisan that will fit your specific needs.Will you apply finish to the wood I purchase?
No, the finishing process is up to you or the artisan you commission.
ArtisansI’m an artisan, can I sell my work at Urban Wood Rescue?
No, but drop off some business cards so we can refer you to our customers. Please reach out if you’d like to be featured on our social media posts.