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Haverhill

September 12, 2013

Residents can bid on firewood under new 'Home Fuelwood Program'

HAVERHILL — The city has held auctions in the past for all kinds of surplus items, including old fire trucks, police cruisers and recycling Dumpsters that have brought in thousands of dollars in revenue. Now , Haverhill residents will have an opportunity to bid on firewood.

Timber removed from the Clement Farm Conservation Area property in August will be up for bid and viewing on Saturday and next Wednesday at the Department of Public Works, 500 Primrose St.

It’s not the kind of firewood that’s ready to load into the back of the average pickup truck then tossed into your fireplace or wood burning stove. This firewood, all hardwood, will be stacked in 16-foot lengths and each stack is estimated to contain a total volume of one cord.

The minimum bid for each pile is $100 and viewing will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on both days. Winning bids will be awarded on Monday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. Payment is due by Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.

As part of Haverhill’s Forest Management program, the city has established a number of goals, including the enhancement of the quality of the city’s forests, protection of water quality, preservation of scenic beauty, improvement of passive recreational opportunities and enhancement of wildlife habitat. Another goal is to create a resident firewood program for residents only.

Mayor James Fiorentini said this pilot program gives residents an opportunity to purchase locally produced fuelwood.

“Next year, we hope to expand the program to other forest areas,” he said.

Under the terms of the program, cutting up wood is at your own risk and winning bidders assume responsibility for any losses or damages. And if you have one of the winning bids, prepare to show up at the Highway Yard with safety equipment to cut up and collect your wood.

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