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History

Trees For Tomorrow (TFT) was founded as an independent, nonprofit organization in 1944 by a group of Wisconsin paper and electric utility companies for the purpose of reforesting northern Wisconsin, as well as educating landowners and citizens about the need for proper land management.

arial black and white photo of the Trees For Tomorrow campus in 1948 which was not as thickly forested as it is in 2012

In the 1940s and '50s TFT gave away tree seedlings, lent out planting machines and hired foresters to develop management plans for landowners. The organization also established an education facility in Eagle River and used the recovering northern forest to teach school students, their teachers and the public about the need for proper forestry practices.

In the 1960s, with reforestation substantially completed, TFT turned all its energy to education. Today, "Trees" is the Midwest's leading natural resource specialty school providing field workshops renowned for their effectiveness in teaching natural resource conservation and management concepts to students, teachers and the public.

Trees For Tomorrow continues to receive its funding from program fees and the generous contributions of corporations and individuals through annual memberships and donations. TFT also has an on-site campus store and sells tree seedlings in a variety of species. Proceeds from store and seedling sales help support ongoing natural resources education programs.

black and white photo of the Trees For Tomorrow campus in 1948 black and white photo of five young men with snowshoes on from Peshtigo school in 1960 black and white photo of a school group from Green Bay black and white photo of a Wisconsin Public Service school group in 1954

 

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