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Posted on: January 3, 2024

‘Urban Wood Utilization Program’ to start January 8th


Logs from recent tree removals on City property will be available free to the public to pick up


SPEARFISH, SD – Beginning January 8th, the City of Spearfish Parks and Forestry Department is rolling out an Urban Wood Utilization Program, through which logs from recent tree removals on City-owned property will be available for the public to pick up for their own use. 

Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Superintendent Rex McDonald explained the Arbor Day Foundation defines urban wood utilization as a portion of the woody material generated from tree care operations during the year that is converted to high-quality end products (e.g. furniture, cabinets, flooring, lumber, etc.) or another higher value product (e.g. fuel pellets, pallets, or pulpwood), either through city contract, public auction, or donation.  

The end-use of this material will be up to the discretion of the participants in the program,” Superintendent McDonald said. “Depending on the types of removals done, some pieces may be best for firewood and others may be appropriate for woodworking projects.”  

Anyone is eligible for participation in the program.  

Information, rules, and regulations are listed below:   

  • Everyone participating in the program must sign a waiver, located at the front desk of the Rec Center (122 Recreation Lane, 605-722-1430) during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.). Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver.
  • Logs will be staged at the Bike Skills Park gravel parking lot, located south of the Spearfish City Campground (404 South Canyon Street), on the east side of South Canyon Street.
  • The site will be open daily between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Participants must use their own discretion when entering the site if snowy or muddy conditions exist. The City is not able to assist vehicles or equipment that get stuck due to unfavorable site conditions.
  • Participants are responsible for the loading and transporting of any material they wish to take. The City is not responsible for any damage incurred to any vehicles, trailers, or equipment
  • Participants may cut the logs on site to make transport easier, but any splitting, carving, or other woodworking must be completed offsite. 
  • Logs will be staged, as available, through April 1, 2024.
  • Logs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The City will not accept requests to reserve certain types or amounts of material.

Questions, comments, or concerns about the program may be directed to Superintendent McDonald at 605-645-3344 or

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