Forks: Inmates join community volunteers to help stoke the fires for Community Wood Project

FORKS — Staying warm this winter has been made much easier for some West End residents.

For the second consecutive year, the Community Wood Project distributed dozens of cords of wood to senior citizens, people with disabilities and low-income families.

“For some people, this is a tremendous help,” said Cathy Ulin, community resource referral services manager in the Forks office of Olympic Community Action Programs. “With the price of heat services rising, this project helps keep a lot of people warm.”

This year, 163 cords of hemlock and fir were donated by the state Department of Natural Resources and Rayonier Inc., Ulin said.

Most people or families are given a cord of wood, but based on availability and needs, more or less may be provided.

The wood is gathered and cut by about 15 Olympic Corrections Center inmates from the Clearwater Honor Camp. It’s then stored at the Rayonier facility in Forks, Ulin said.

Members of the Forks Lions Club then loaded and distributed wood to selected individuals.

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The rest of the story appears in the Tuesday Peninsula Daily News.

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