What is a Wood Acquisition Rescue Program?
This is a program that provides woodworking clubs a chance to utilize urban trees that are being cut down or have been blown or knocked down, to rescue the wood from these trees for woodworking projects.
How do I find down trees in my area?
There are 2 very obvious ways of finding trees, first of all connect with a local "parks" branch of your local government. They will be aware of trees that need to come down because they are diseased or in some other way, a threat to safety or other reasons. They are often quite happy to turn over the felled trees just to have someone else clear them away and mill them. The second obvious source is to connect with local arborists or tree pruning and falling companies. These sources can be of some help but be aware that some of them will be interested in the trees or logs for their on business reasons.
How to start a Wood Acquisition Rescue Program with my Woodworking Club?
We have provided a step by step guide for starting such a program, staring below.
Overview - Starting a Wood Acquisition Rescue Program
Woodworking clubs have a desire to be environmentally responsible and to help future woodworkers by supporting them their woodworking endeavors. Wood Acquisition Rescue Programs (WARP) can help this process by providing the members of woodworking clubs with a means of supplying good useable wood for their members, as well as surplus wood that can be donated to school and college students for their woodworking projects, or by selling the wood and providing bursaries to schools.
At Woodworkweb we have the ability and the knowledge to play a significant role in assisting every woodworking club in developing and running their own individual WARP by providing guidelines on the process, and by because Woodworkweb can be the FIRST LINE CONTACT SYSTEM.
The First Line Contact means someone is available 24 hours as day, seven days a week to be able to respond to situations that lend themselves to a Wood Acquisition Rescue Program.
Woodworkweb will keep a confidential up-to-date database of CLUB CONTACTS which will enable clubs to receive information quickly and to respond to any WARP opportunities.
By keeping these files in one location, as membership and leadership in clubs change, woodworkweb remains a constant First Line Contact between those people who report wood for rescue and the woodworking clubs. In this way we can help ensure the longevity and success of the program.
The cost for clubs to participate in this program is nothing.
The cost for people to report wood rescue trees is nothing.
Benefits To Donors of Usable Trees ...
#1 - Reduced costs of hauling / disposing of waste trees
#2 - The knowledge that they are contributing to the environment and the community
#3 - An opportunity promote good public relations news
Benefits To Woodworkers and Woodworking Clubs
#1 - The environment is helped by saving trees from burn piles and garbage dumps
#2 - Woodworking clubs are provided with a broad spectrum of wood to use
#3 - Your community is served with better tree usage and disposal
#4 - Valuable wood is recycled into useful items
#5 - Optionally the program can be used to supply schools and students with lumber
#6 - Woodworkers are provided with good usable wood at reduced costs
#6 - Woodworking teams building stronger communities by working together
Steps to starting a Wood Rescue Program
1 - At a woodworking club meeting, introduce and explain the program.
2 - Solicit a small working group to who will adjust the plan to work with their club in their area
3 - Working group meets to personalizes plan to fit their club
4 -Working group explains details of plan at a future woodworking club meeting
5 - People are selected for specific roles in the program (see roles)
6 - Woodworking club members are provided with FIRST LINE CONTACT cards (in resource section) to hand out to
7 - The woodworkweb is informed of the three woodworking club contacts
8 - The program begins