Castine Patriot Reports on Wood Guide Written by Student, Professor

The Castine Patriot reported on a guide that shows communities how to start a wood bank that was written by Sabrina Vivian, a senior in the Ecology and Environmental Sciences Program who grew up in Surry and Blue Hill, and Jessica Leahy, an associate professor of human dimensions of natural resources in the School of Forest Resources. “A Community Guide to Starting & Running a Wood Bank” provides guidance for establishing a wood bank, as well as topics to be considered, including types of wood banks, location, legalities, security, eligibility, firewood sources, volunteers, processing, distribution and equipment. Wood banks are similar to food pantries, but instead of providing food for those in need, they provide firewood at little to no cost for those who rely on wood to heat their homes.