A Tree’s Second Life with Taylor Guitars

What happens when a tree within a city’s urban forest has to be removed? Contrary to common belief, benefits provided by trees need not end when they are no longer growing and providing shade to a community. In fact, many trees have a second life filled with purpose. Through the work of Taylor Guitars, a key partner of AMPlify the Urban Forest, the significance of a tree’s second life is reimagined and renewed.

As part of Taylor’s vision for the future, the company seeks to transform the misconception that luxury guitars have to be created from foreign, unsustainable sources of wood. Instead, fine instruments can be made from the domestic trees that line our neighborhood streets. Transforming former urban trees into pieces of usable wood for luxury guitars showcases Taylor’s pledge to practice sustainability on several levels. By using wood that would otherwise have ended up in a landfill, useful trees and their parts are not wasted and healthy trees are not sacrificed for the creation of an instrument. 

Having successfully enacted their sustainable vision through the creation of their world-famous guitars, Taylor seeks to further this vision through AMPlifying the Urban Forest. Partnering with tree management service, West Coast Arborist (WCA), Taylor Guitar’s successfully practices sustainability by sourcing wood from WCA’s tree care across California communities. Today, their product lineup offers options of guitars manufactured using reclaimed wood from trees that lived out their first life in urban forests. 

From seed, to shade, to song; AMPlifying the Urban Forest, with the help of Taylor Guitars’ mastery of music, will demonstrate how a tree from an urban forest can be transformed into song and bring full circle the life cycle of a tree. Join us on March 22, 2022, to see this second life in action at our AMPlifying the Urban Forest event in communities across California.

For more information about volunteer opportunities check the list of participating cities here.

Funding for this project is provided by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as part of the California Climate Investments Program.

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