Sealaska Corp. is joining forces with Viking Lumber on Prince of Wales Island to provide firewood to island residents this winter.
"We recognized the enormous economic challenges and the increased demand for affordable energy on island residents during the winter months," Chris E. McNeil Jr., Sealaska president and CEO, said. "Sealaska, Sealaska Timber Corporation and Viking are in a position to help."
"I'm pleased to be working closely with Sealaska this winter and very excited that the program is benefiting all of Prince of Wales Island," Kirk Dahlstrom, Viking Lumber general manager, said.
All island residents are welcome to take advantage of the firewood program according to Nathan Soboleff, Sealaska natural resource planner. "Nobody on P.O.W. should have to choose between feeding their families or heating their homes," he said.
On Prince of Wales Island, firewood is available at the Klawock City Fire Station and Craig Public Works Site, 202 Cold Storage Road behind the Coho facility, in Craig.
The cities of Craig and Klawock opened their facilities to host the firewood pits for the program according to Albert Kookesh, chair of Sealaska's board of directors.
"Sealaska Corporation would like to publically thank Viking Lumber for donating their trucking time and wood to the program and the cities of Craig and Klawock for providing space for distributing the firewood," Kookesh said. "Sealaska is committed to continue to find ways to positively impact our tribal member shareholders and the communities where we operate, especially in these trying economic times."
The firewood program is intended to benefit all Prince of Wales residents. Free firewood is available on a "you-cut you-haul" basis. The program is not intended to support commercial firewood purposes. In Craig and Klawock, the wood will be resupplied when needed through out the winter, until the snow melts. Residents participating in the firewood program should bring their own tools such as a chainsaw.