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Newsletter of Trees For Tomorrow

Trees For Tomorrow publishes Tree Tips three times per year - a newsletter that provides updates on activities happening on campus, attendance, and events.  Northbound, a forum for natural resource issues and education, is published as a subsidiary Tree Tips. The newsletters are emailed to supporters and we distribute a printed version.

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Cranberry Country Quilters donate quilt
The Cranberry Country Quilters designed, crafted and donated a queen-sized quilt to Trees For Tomorrow to be used as a Forest Fest raffle prize.
The quilt, named “Anniversary Trees” in honor of Trees For Tomorrow’s 70th anniversary this year, took an estimated 200 hours to complete and involved all of the group’s nearly 25 members, said Michele Vinovich.
Vinovich, created both the design and name for the quilt. Other Cranberry Country Quilters members contributed by making the quilt blocks.
Lisa Arndt of Lisa’s Creative Quilting in Eagle River, machine-quilted “Anniversary Trees.”
The quilt is one of five prizes that will be raffled during Forest Fest at Trees For Tomorrow on Aug. 2.
Others prizes are:
  • “Osprey in the Wilderness,” a framed print by News-Review Publisher Kurt Krueger;
  • a St. Croix walleye fishing rod;
  • Mama and Papa Bear rustic woven chairs by Maggie Bishop, former Trees For Tomorrow executive director; and
  • a chainsaw-carved bear by Ken Schels of KMS Limited.
Raffle tickets will be available during Klondike Days at the Trees For Tomorrow  booth and at other events throughout the summer, and at the Trees For Tomorrow office, 519 Sheridan St. East, from  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $1 a piece or 6 for $5.
Money generated by the raffle will be used to provide scholarships to students to attend Trees For Tomorrow workshops.
Trees For Tomorrow is a private, nonprofit natural resources specialty school. For more information about the school and its programs, go to TreesForTomorrow.com or call 715-479-6456.

Dear Trees For Tomorrow Supporter,

Help us provide “A Natural Resources Education Experience That Lasts a Lifetime”to students, teachers, families, and others who attend workshops and programs at Trees For Tomorrow for 2014 and beyond.

In 2013, more than 5,000 people visited northern Wisconsin and participated in natural resources education workshops at Trees For Tomorrow. This included our traditional school workshops, Road Scholar programs, adult skill workshops, teacher workshops, and summer youth and family programs. We also hosted our third annual Forest Fest, 12th annual Scholarship Golf Outing, third annual Spring Celebration, and first annual Hallo-Fest for the local community.

Support from people like you provided Laura, a student from Northland Lutheran High School, a once in a lifetime experience that she will never forget. Laura wrote to a Trees For Tomorrow workshop sponsor…

“My favorite part of this experience was learning, overcoming team challenges, and going on nature walks with new friends. I will always remember the skills and connections with the people I have met here. My eyes have been opened to how magnificent and precious our earth really is and how important is it to take care of it. So again, thank you. Without you and your generosity this experience would not have been possible.”

Nearing its 70th Anniversary, Trees For Tomorrow has provided life-changing experiences, like Laura’s, to more than 210,000 people, making them more aware of the need for sustainable management and use of our natural resources.

We greatly appreciate the support you have given us through 2013 as a donor, program participant, and friend of Trees For Tomorrow. If we want to continue providing educational opportunities to all participants, regardless of their ability to pay, we need additional support for 2014.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 through individual and corporate donations in these last months of the year.

What could your gift provide?

  • $50 provides a school a visit to an active logging siteand a visit with a professional logger and forester.
  • $100 provides $20 scholarship assistancefor five students interested in learning about natural resources management through a Trees For Tomorrow workshop.
  • $250 provides professional development trainingto two of our teacher/naturalists.
  • $500 buys almost a year’s worth of foodfor either Apollo or Orion, Trees For Tomorrow’s education birds.
  • $1,000 provides 25 groups of students a hike in Sylvania Wilderness, a 20,000 acre federally protected old growth forest.


Please consider supporting students like Laura who strive to learn more about natural resources, outdoor skills, and teamwork at Trees For Tomorrow. Your support of $50, $100, $250, or whatever you can give will make a difference. I promise you!



Cheryl Todea
Interim Executive Director
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P.S.  Please support natural resources education today. Mail the donation form, visit www.treesfortomorrow.com and click on Donate Now, or call us by December 31st to contribute to the 2013 Year-End Campaign. Your gift is tax-deductible and will help us meet our goals in 2014!


Celebrating 70 years of “A Natural Resources Education Experience That Lasts a Lifetime.”

Plum Creek donation funds new Tree Identification class signs
An $850 donation from Plum Creek Timber Company will be used to purchase high-pressure laminated signs to revamp the Tree Identification program at Trees For Tomorrow.
Students use distinguishing characteristics about individual species to identify 15 marked trees during classes on the natural resources specialty school’s campus in Eagle River.
The Tree Identification course is also open to members of the public who can test their skills on their own and at their leisure.
“Deciduous trees in the course and those with leaves and branches too high for people to reach, currently have shadow boxes with specimens and photos in them to help with identifying the trees,” said Jessie Lambert, a teacher/naturalist intern at Trees For Tomorrow, who is spearheading the facelift.
“Through the years, the plastic glass covering the specimens has become worn and is difficult to see through; and the specimens, themselves, have also decayed,” she explained.
So, as an internship project at Trees, Lambert is creating the designs for full-color signs that will be used at each station.
“Each sign will have photos highlighting key identifying features of each tree – things like buds, cones, twig arrangements, bark and leaf shape,” Lambert said. 
Students and members of the public will use keys (available in the Trees For Tomorrow office) to identify the trees. 
“This is a wonderful internship project for Jessie and one that will benefit thousands of students who attend Trees For Tomorrow each year, as well as Eagle River area residents who take advantage of all the campus has to offer,” said Bill O’Brion, of Plum Creek Timber Co., president of Trees’ board of directors. “Plum Creek is proud to support this endeavor.”
The new tree identification signs, which also include the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) logo, are expected to be ready by May. SFI practices are at the core of Plum Creek’s forestry management efforts.
Trees For Tomorrow is a private, nonprofit natural resources specialty school in Eagle River. For information on programs and Trees For Tomorrow amenities, call 715-479-6456 or go to TreesForTomorrow.com.

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.”

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