Reimagining Our Cities

Scalable solutions to societal challenges.

For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas. By 2050, that number is expected to climb to 70 percent. With a rapidly urbanizing population comes new challenges for society.

Forests – and the products and benefits they provide – are helping society to rethink and reimagine life in our urban landscapes.

RECLAIMED | The Urban Wood Project

In Baltimore, MD there are more than 46,000 vacant or assumed-vacant homes. For years, the city has been tearing them down and disposing of the materials, leaving scars on the landscape, holes in communities, and condemning premium materials to rot in city landfills.

The U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Humanim and Room & Board - among others - are working to change this dynamic. See how a simple quest to reclaim urban wood transformed into an opportunity to reduce waste, create jobs in underserved communities, and restore landscapes by replacing vacant lots with community parks and greenspaces that benefit everyone.

See how The Urban Wood Project and urban forests are helping us reimagine our cities for a better future. #forestproud.

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Fast Facts | Mass Timber

Did you know mass timber is a building material that’s as strong as steel, lighter than concrete, fire resistant, and carbon friendly?

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Fast Facts | Trees + Transportation

How many trees do you need to offset your commute? One tree is needed to offset emissions for every 2 gallons of gas.

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Fast Facts | Safer Driving

Studies show that trees along streets lead to safer driving. Just another way trees are helping us to reimagine our communities for the better.

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Fast Facts | Forests + Water


More than half of the drinking water in the U.S. comes from a forest.

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TedTalks | A Wooden Skyscraper?

“Wood is the material that I love most, and I’m going to tell you a story about wood.” Learn why architect Michael Green thinks we should build wooden skyscrapers in this Ted Talks video.

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Houston We Have A Forest

In 2018, America’s space agency is going to send a laser into the galaxies to assess the world’s trees.

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