The elderly, disabled individuals, and single mothers will be the primary beneficiaries of a cooperative program managed by Community Connection to provide firewood to those in need.
Initiated by the Wallowa County National Resource Advisory Committee (NRAC), multiple players now are involved in a project that began with two truckloads of logs donated by Boise Cascade and is expected to culminate by the end of this week when volunteers are expected to load, deliver, and stack firewood on private properties.
Recipients of that wood are persons identified by Community Connection.
Wallowa Resources, County Commissioner Mike Hayward, and members of NRAC coordinated the wood procurement and distribution effort.
Community Connection’s role in the project revolves around its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Anyone with related questions can phone 541-426-3840.
The two truckloads of logs from Boise Cascade are estimated to yield about 28 cords of wood. Were others to step forward and donate more wood, the program could be expanded, suggests Nils Christoffersen, executive director of Wallowa Resources.
Hauling the Boise Cascade logs from Elgin to Wallowa County were Pro Thinning Inc., of Joseph, and J.D. Nobles Trucking. Integrated Biomass Resources, of rural Wallowa, volunteered to unload and process those logs.
Many volunteers from throughout the community are seeing that the firewood gets delivered.