Standing Rock Wood + Processing Equipment
Organized by: Erica Seltzer-Schultz
Project Update: Fundraiser is still on!
December 18, 2016
Project Update 12.18:
Thank you all for your support to help get wood to Standing Rock! We are continuing this effort. Read below to learn all that has been accomplished so far.
It’s important that we as a community don’t forget about Standing Rock.
Even though the Army Corps has said it would look for another route for the Dakota Access Pipeline, DAPL is saying that it will still drill. Many fear that the will get the support they need under the Trump administration. Beyond the knowledge that drilling could occur any day, many of the water protectors hope to stay at Standing Rock and claim this unseeded treaty land as rightfully theirs.
There are currently around 400-1000 water protectors at Standing Rock, Temperatures with wind-chill can be -35 to -40 degrees and can get colder. Most of their time is spent in their tents/structures, sitting and sleeping around fires and so their need for firewood is still urgent. Please share the fundraiser with your friends and family.
- We are going to continue to buy logs at a discounted price and process them at our North Minneapolis site.
- We encourage anyone making a trip to Standing Rock to fill up any extra space in their vehicle with firewood before they go. Please help spread the word that folks can pick up wood anytime at 1800 Glenwood Ave. N.
- Sometime in the next couple of weeks, Lundberg or someone else from our crew will likely do another dual trip to Standing Rock where they bring wood, buy a second load in North Dakota, and then bring excess supplies home.
- If at any point we feel that our effort is not helping get wood to Standing Rock as efficiently as possible, we will transfer our funds to Honor the Earth, or a similar organization working specifically to help provide wood for this movement.
Questions about the fundraiser? Call or email Erica. (612)-964-3646. firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a summary of what we’ve done so far:
(Helpful tip: each cord = approx. 960 spit pieces of firewood)
-Between Nov. 12 and Nov. 24, eight cords of logs, mainly from Theodore Wirth Park, were dropped off at our North Minneapolis site. Volunteers helped Lundberg split the logs into approximately 7,600 pieces of firewood.
-On Wednesday Nov. 24, over 15 volunteers help loaded the wood into a large semi. The driver of the truck, Vaughn, drove across the country and volunteered to make a stop at Standing Rock.
-On Thursday Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving), the truck arrived at Red Warrior camp in Standing Rock. Water protectors spend approximately six hours unloading it.
-Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 12, five more cords of wood were dropped off and processed at our site. Vans and trucks traveling from the Twin Cities to Standing Rock stopped by to fill up their vehicles with wood before they went.
-On Dec. 12, Lundberg filled a trailer with 2-3 cords of the remaining firewood in addition to full-sized logs we were able to buy from a nearby seller at a very discounted price. He drove these to Standing Rock.
-Lundberg then used the fundraiser money to buy 2-3 more cords of wood from a nearby North Dakota seller who was selling wood much cheaper than in the Twin Cities. He distributed that wood among all the different camps still existing at Standing Rock.
-Before returning home, Lundberg loaded up his trailer with excess donations that the camp was no longer using. All donations were given to a local native-led organization that is distributing them to homeless and underserved native families.
Project Update 11.30:
The fundraiser is still on! Thanks to all of you who helped us raise $1500 for wood-processing equipment in about 48 hours! This is really exciting and shows how deeply committed our community is to helping fuel the movement at Standing Rock.
Right now our goal is push and get up to three truckloads of wood to Standing Rock before the Army Corp’s Dec. 5 deadline and we need your help. Our concern is, if we wait until after, it might be harder to get supplies up there. Here are four ways you can support this effort:
- Donate to this fundraiser. Even though we met our $1500 goal, any additional money will go toward buying additional wood and renting large trucks that can travel to standing rock. Firewood in the Twin Cities typically costs $300-$400 a cord. A cord weighs 2,500-5,0000 lbs and covers 128 cubic feet, typically stacked in dimensions of 4x4x8.
- Seek out dry oak, ash, and maple fallen trees or logs that could be processed as firewood.
- Ask local businesses who sell firewood whether they would be able to donate any.
- Send posts and emails asking friends who might have a source of processed firewood whether they might be willing to donate any.
If you are able to access firewood through any of these means, call Alex (802)-763-0170
Many of us have found ourselves deeply stirred by the movement at Standing Rock. We’ve wondered what we can do, how we can help fuel this hugely important fight.
As you may already know, the fuel so badly needed is wood. Every yurt, tipi, and structure inhabited by thousands is heated by wood. Temperatures are already dipping below 10 degrees and can get as cold as -40 degrees in the colder months of the winter. With Standing Rock's location in the plains of North Dakota, the wind can be brutal and there are no good sources of wood nearby. We have a critical opportunity to help the water protectors stay for entire the winter if need be.
Here in the Twin Cities, we have a group of skilled arborists/people comfortable working with wood and we have a location to do this work. Last week we sent eight cords of wood in a large semi to Standing Rock. But, to be able to continue this effort, we need to solidify our equipment.
Below is a break down of the equipment needs and costs:
$150––Replacement chains for six chain saws ($25 each)
$100––Repair cost for one chainsaw
$50––Ear and eye protection
$200––Additional maintenance costs
We are also in need of more wood and vehicles that can carry large amounts of it to Standing Rock. If you are able to get a large amount of dry ash, oak or maple, or if you have a large vehicle contact Alex (802)-763-0170
If you have questions generally about this campain, contact Erica (612)-email@example.com.
Thank you for your support.