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Community woodshed program continues for 2022

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Winter woodsheds before delivery. Guen DiGioia photo

By GUEN DIGIOIA/For The Herald  —  There’s nothing worse than trying to start a fire with wet wood. It’s a miserable intensive process that’s not only difficult, but also creates excessive smoke and particulates.

The key to good fires – dry wood

What’s the remedy? Collecting firewood well in advance of the winter season, at least six months, and protecting that firewood from the elements. The best protection is a woodshed with a solid roof that protect from wind and rain.

These sheds can be somewhat spendy to make, which is why the Community Woodshed Program came into being.

The program’s pilot, which occurred in 2019, was made possible thanks to donations from Stringfield Lumber and Oakridge Hardware. The Oakridge High School wood shop students and Boy Scout Antonio Turtura built and delivered 24 sheds with support from Trish Maxfield & Justin Overdevest of Good Company.

Woodshed sucess spurs renewal of program

Their success and hard work demonstrated how important these programs are to the residence in Oakridge. Thanks to grant funding awarded to South Willamette Solutions in 2020, the Community Woodshed Program is underway once again.

Four woodsheds were built in the winter 2021 under the guidance of Ed Mooneyham, the current wood shop teacher at Oakridge High School, and delivered by Inbound.

Currently, there are six more sheds set to be complete in Spring 2022. Overall, there will be 150 completed over the next few years.

How to get a free woodshed

If you have not already done so, please give Oakridge Air a call at 541-782-3422 to get on the list to receive a free woodshed. Priority will be given to senior citizens, folks who are disabled, and those who are low income.

Guen DiGioia is an Oregon State alumnus with her master’s in sustainable forest management with a minor in statistics. She grew up here in Oakridge, Oregon, and is currently the residential upgrade and smoke outreach coordinator for Oakridge Air. Guen DiGioia photo

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