Mosaic workers converted dangerous trees on the company’s road network into firewood for front-line health workers as a gesture of thanks for their work during the COVID-19 crisis. (Photo courtesy Mosaic Forest Management)

Mosaic chops firewood for health-care workers on the mid Island

Dangerous tree removal program turned into gesture of thanks during pandemic

Sixty cords of firewood will go to front-line health-care workers in a gesture of thanks from Mosaic Forest Management.

Mosaic’s annual safety program includes removing dangerous trees along the company’s road network. This year Mosaic’s Northwest Bay crew cut and split more than 60 cords of firewood for front-line workers to show appreciation during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Tool Shed in Parksville donated the use of a wood splitter and the Hospital Employees Union helped Mosaic get the word out about the donation program to local health-care workers who could sign up for the firewood, which was spoken for within 24 hours.

Some of the wood was picked up at Mosaic’s facility and the rest was delivered by the company’s Northwest Bay crew to the homes of health-care workers unable to pick it up in person.

The firewood donation is a separate initiative to Mosaic’s annual firewood permit program, in which the public can purchase permits to cut firewood on Mosaic lands. In 2020, proceeds from that program combined with a funding match from Mosaic generated a $20,000 donation to KidSport B.C. The firewood permit program has concluded for the summer months, but is expected to resume in the fall.

READ ALSO: Steelworkers, Mosaic strike deal they hope can kickstart idled Vancouver Island logging operations

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