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City to giveaway 2000 logs for firewood

City of Grand Rapids Forestry Division

An upcoming firewood giveaway by the City of Grand Rapids will help create a more sustainable forestry operation. That from City leaders. 

Officials say the wood is best suited for firewood. However, the City plans to create future programs for woodworkers and local businesses to purchase high-quality wood.

The City of Grand Rapids’ forestry division will host a log giveaway on November 4 and 5 at the City’s yard waste drop off site on Butterworth St.

A news release says the giveaway is part of the Forestry division’s new Urban Wood Utilization Program aimed at reducing waste from City trees that have fallen or were removed due to damage and disease.

The logs are approximately eight feet in length, one foot in diameter, and require a truck or trailer to carry. City staff will be on site to assist in loading. There is no limit to the number of logs an individual can take. There are approximately 2,000 logs available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Joe Sulak, the City’s parks superintendent, says, quote, “Sustainability is one of the City’s core values, and the Urban Wood Utilization program is one way we can embrace that value,”. “By giving away the logs rather than contracting with a company to dispose of them we expect to save approximately $20,000 annually. We’re excited to expand this program to continue reducing forestry waste, saving taxpayer dollars, and serving the community and businesses.” End quote.

Jennifer is an award winning broadcast news journalist with more than two decades of professional television news experience including the nation's fifth largest news market. She's worked as both news reporter and news anchor for television and radio in markets from Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo all the way to San Francisco, California.
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