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News Release
Friends of the Carpenter (FOC) Receives $70,000 worth of Oak and Maple Trees Donated by City of Vancouver and State of Washington; Mayor Ann McEnerny-Ogle to visit FOC on Wed. July 21 - 07/19/21

Vancouver, WA – Friends of the Carpenter has received an estimated $70,000 worth of oak and maple trees donated by the City of Vancouver and the State of Washington.

“Our heartfelt thanks to Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, her team and all those involved at the City of Vancouver for making this tremendous donation happen,” said Tod Thayer, executive director.

An estimated 30 cords of wood will be sold at $250 for a mixed cord. The remaining wood will produce “dozens upon dozens of usable board feed that we can mill, cure for 18 to 24 months and use to design beautiful, custom, hand-made items,” added Thayer.

Mayor McEnerny-Ogle will visit FOC on Wed. July 21 at 10:30 a.m. to view the portable mill that will mill the donated wood.

At their 3,000 square foot wood shop, Friends of the Carpenter takes special orders for items including, but not limited to, bunk beds, planter boxes, devotional furniture (crosses, pedestals, altars, bible stands, etc.), tables, chairs and more.

A suggested donation amount is available based on the project. For more information, please contact Craig Cluff or call 360-750-4752.

The donated trees were removed as part of corridor modification projects on Mill Plain Boulevard and Broadway in downtown Vancouver.

About 30 trees were selected for removal as either unhealthy or due to potential street damage, as identified by the city’s Urban Forester. Many of those trees had been planted after the Columbus Day Storm in 1962.

About Friends of the Carpenter

Friends of the Carpenter was incorporated in Vancouver, WA in Oct. 1998 and began as a vision of a practical outreach of simple welcome and personal interaction between volunteers from the church and people living in poverty. Since the beginning, regular contact has been made with vulnerable members of our community through woodworking events scheduled around the area and which, today, are mostly held at FOC’s Friendship Center. Our mission: Friends of the Carpenter is a non-profit, faith-based day facility that provides safety, structure and purpose for vulnerable members of our community. Learn more at


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