April 26, 2017 Edition

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Firewood program offers win-win

Gretchen Hunt
Editor

As part of a project to improve the health of the wooded area of Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge, more than 100 trees have been cut down in the park.

As a result, 450 to 500 rick of firewood are estimated to be available for free to residents of Lawrence County. Mayor Charles Snapp says a program to allow residents to volunteer to remove the firewood from the park is a win-win.

"Why would we burn almost 500 rick of firewood, when residents of Lawrence County can use the wood, or sell the wood, and help the City of Walnut Ridge clean up the park at the same time?" he said. "Even if residents sell the firewood they remove, the removal still benefits the city and hopefully part of the money earned from the sale of the firewood will be spent somewhere in Lawrence County, which is another plus!"

The trees are already on the ground, as the result of a grant received by the City of Walnut Ridge, and the volunteers who help remove the wood will log their time on worksheets so the city will get credit for the volunteers’ time and the equipment they use. The trees are cut into firewood lengths, but the logs have not been split.

Procedure
explained

Certain restrictions and rules do apply to those who want to volunteer to remove the firewood.

Effective Thursday morning, volunteer work sheets and a list of rules and regulations will be available at Walnut Ridge City Hall for those who want to volunteer to remove the firewood sections of the downed trees in Stewart Park.

Any individual who removes wood without first signing up as a volunteer, or anyone who cuts a tree that is not already on the ground, will be subject to a fine under city ordinance 829-16.

Volunteer sheets and rules and regulations will be available at City Hall weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information, call 870-886-6638 or email WRCityHall@att.net.

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