National Firewood Bank Summit 2023

Close-up photo of stacked firewoodThe National Firewood Bank Summit and breakout sessions (link below), hosted online on September 15, 2023, brought together firewood banks and supporters from across the country. Like food banks, but for fuel wood, wood banks provide crucial emergency heating assistance in the form of firewood.


12:00 Noon — Welcome

12:10-12:50 p.m. — Hear from the Wood Banks: Finding Partners and Keeping a Team

12:50-1:20 p.m. —  Research Updates

1:20-1:25 p.m. — Break

1:25-2:00 p.m. — Regional Discussions (NE, SE, SW, NW)

2:00-2:40 p.m. — Topic Discussions:

2:40-2:50 p.m. — Break

2:50-3:30 p.m. — Hear from the Wood Banks: Sustainability, Scaling Up, and How to Keep it Going

3:30-3:45 p.m. — Firewood Financial Assistance: 2023-24 from Alliance for Green Heat

3:45-4:00 p.m. — Farewell

All times listed in Eastern Daylight Time.


Please contact Elisa Schine, at

Cartoon showing several people standing next to split firewood and holding a sign that says 'Join Us'

The National Wood Bank Project is a collaboration of USDA Forest Service, Alliance for Green Heat, School of Forest Resources, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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