This is where we saw two of our products actually," says Dawn Caswell. But some county residents with ties to the forest products industry have a plan to ease that burden. A handful of wood banks are up and running throughout New England.
It can still be tough, though, for poor families and seniors on fixed incomes to afford all the wood they need to make it through the winter. Play Live Radio. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn.
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BELFAST, Maine - While prices are lower this winter, the high cost of oil and kerosene in recent years has pushed more Mainers to embrace a cheaper alternative that has kept families here warm for generations - firewood. Dawn Caswell's company ships the grilling planks, hardwood chunks and smoking chips to barbeque enthusiasts across the country.
In the Northeast, use of wood as a primary heating fuel has risen by as much as 50 percent over the past decade, according to a report last year by the U. Energy Information Administration. She was able to get wood the next day," MacGregor says. MacGregor says he got the idea for the new non-profit after reading an op-ed piece in the Bangor Daily News last fall.
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Small runs Waldo Community Action Partners, the agency that oversees the county's home energy assistance program. Show Search Search Query.
He knows lots of people in the business, like Dawn Caswell, and began calling foresters, lumber companies and others to see if they would be willing to donate money, wood or labor. Next Up:. Available On Air Stations. MacGregor says he originally envisioned being able to make wood available to people next winter.
Maine Public. By next winter, the Waldo County Woodshed hopes to have cords of wood stored and ready for delivery.
Maine has as many as three other wood banks, including longstanding operations in the town of Boothbay and in Cumberland County. Last winter, he says, nearly 2, households in Waldo County applied for help with their heating bills. Jay Field.
Caswell points at a pile of discarded cedar on the saw shack floor. He says more than families last winter listed wood as their primary heating source. Just after New Year's, a friend of Caswell's came up with a plan to get wood, free of charge, to people in need.
A Bucksport resident is also trying to launch one there. Families that struggle to pay their heating bills often come to Keith Small for relief. Small scans a sheet of paper filled with program statistics.
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Small says these families, and even those that burn wood as secondary source, often struggle to come up with the additional logs they need to make it through the winter. Now, a grassroots effort in one Maine county aims to give these vulnerable residents some help.