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October 2013

After 10 years at Trees For Tomorrow, Executive Director Maggie Bishop is taking on a new challenge. Bishop resigned her position at Trees to become Food Service Director for the Northland Pines School District.

“It was a tough decision,” Bishop said. “Trees For Tomorrow is such an awesome place. I will miss working with the staff and all the wonderful people I got to know through my job at Trees. But, I really feel it’s time for me to move on.”

Maggie has a passion for organically grown/produced foods, and worked to add them to the Dining Hall offerings at Trees For Tomorrow. At Northland Pines, she will be connecting with and incorporating food from local farmers into a menu that includes homemade entrees for each of the district’s schools in Eagle River, Land O’Lakes and St. Germain. Maggie joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in January of 2003 serving as a teacher/naturalist before becoming executive director in 2005. As director, she managed the day-to day operations at Trees For Tomorrow and provided strong leadership during the challenging economic times of the of the last several years.

During her tenure, Trees For Tomorrow expanded its public offerings, adding an annual Spring Celebration, weekly family programs and the Youth Outdoor Adventure Series in the summer, and the annual Forest Fest celebration in August.  Forest Fest is a major public event designed to celebrate all that the forest has to offer – from wood products to water resources to wildlife and recreation. Under Maggie’s leadership, attendance at Forest Fest doubled between 2011 – its first year – and 2013, when Trees For Tomorrow observed the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps during the event.

The search for a new executive director will begin soon, but it could take several months before the position is filled.  Cheryl Todea, a 13-year veteran staffer at Trees will serve as interim executive director during that time.

 “Maggie was a strong leader and helped move Trees For Tomorrow forward during her tenure,” said Bill O’Brion, president of the school’s board of directors. “The board is committed to finding a new executive director who will build on her legacy.”

The search for a new executive director will begin soon, but it could take several months before the position is filled.

“Todea’s leadership during that time is critical,” O’Brion said. “We want to make sure Trees For Tomorrow continues its important role of delivering balanced, objective information on the management and use of our natural resources.”