A Warm Collaboration January 13, 2022

Downed trees help provide heat to those in need

Coos Bay is blessed with an abundance of beautiful trees in our community, which includes a large inventory of trees in our parks and along many of our main roads in downtown and in Empire. It's not uncommon throughout the year that a few of those trees come down either because of age, disease, or damage sustained during one of our various windstorms. During the recent storms, a number of trees blew down or were in danger of coming down around different locations in the City. Our staff have been busy removing the storm damaged trees.

City Hall has received a number of calls from citizens asking what we do with the trees once they are removed. I am happy to report that the City has enjoyed an excellent and long relationship with the local Salvation Army who takes the City’s downed trees and turns them into firewood for those residents in need. Since the program started more than ten years ago, the local Salvation Army has given away hundreds of cords of firewood to low-income seniors and the disabled within the Coos Bay / North Bend areas. Several years ago, the unique relationship was featured nationally by the Salvation Army in a video which can be found at

The Salvation Army is always looking for individuals or groups to help saw and split the wood which is given to them. For more information on how you can help or for specifics on the firewood program, contact Envoy Tawnya Stumpf at (541) 888-5202. 

-Joe Benetti, Mayor of Coos Bay