The Community Forest started a Firewood Program in 2021 due to the unmet need for firewood in our community. We had been referring people looking for firewood to local suppliers who were not taking new clients, receiving unprecedented reports of timber poaching for firewood, and thought helping meet the need for firewood could help address both problems.
By providing employment to people with barriers to traditional employment, we have also addressed other needs in the community learned what it means to be an inclusive employer. We were so grateful to have this recognized as a finalist for an Untapped Award.
We currently have a supply of dry firewood, some split and some not, to meet the needs of those on our firewood list in the fall. Due to the hot and dry conditions, work on the firewood site is on pause for the most part. When fall comes our team will be ready to help everyone coming to pick up firewood, and make deliveries to those who are unable to pick it up.
If you are looking for firewood for purchase, or if you are experiencing financial difficulty and are in need of free firewood, please use the link below to sign up. If you have already signed up in the past, you remain on the list until you ask to be removed, so you will be contacted when scheduling resumes in September.
The Community Forest makes up about 1% of logging on the Sunshine Coast and are doing our part to meet the community need for firewood through our free personal-use permits, our firewood program, and supplying wood at cost to local firewood suppliers.
We're looking for volunteers who can assist us. Can you split & stack wood, buck logs, or assist in delivering wood? Please sign-up using the link below.
Are you interested in buying firewood - for yourself or for someone else - through the program? Let us know!
The goals of our Firewood Program are to:
Provide a quality, reliable and affordable source of firewood for our community
Engage vulnerable community members such as those with developmental delays or those experiencing mental health issues and/or addiction with employment opportunity at a living wage
Provide free firewood to people in our community who go without winter heat due to financial hardship
Reduce the impact of firewood poaching on our forests
Redirect logging waste to reduce slash piles, making better use of our timber resources and decreasing burning