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Free City Firewood Deliveries Help Heat Seniors’ Homes

158 seniors received firewood removed from Open Space areas

The City of Albuquerque Departments of Senior Affairs and Parks and Recreation teamed up to help Seniors in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County stay a little warmer this winter with free firewood deliveries.

Approximately 160 seniors received more than 171,000 pounds of Siberian Elm, Salt Cedar, Cottonwood, Russian Olive and Mulberry that had been removed from Open Space areas to reduce potential fire hazards.

“This strikes the balance between supporting seniors in our community during some of the coldest winter months and stewarding our open spaces in a responsible way,” said Mayor Tim Keller.

The response to the program this year was so positive the City had to stop taking requests once it ran out of firewood to distribute.

“This was a great opportunity to support seniors in our community and put all the waste wood from annual Open Space maintenance to a good use,” said Department of Senior Affairs Director Anna Sanchez. “We are thankful to the Parks and Recreation Department for supporting this effort over the past year and working with us to continue it going forward.”

Both departments plan to continue this partnership into 2020 with deliveries beginning in November to seniors 60 and over. Seniors interested in participating should pay attention to cabq.gov/seniors beginning in early fall for information on when Senior Affairs will be able to take requests.