Crystal Falls and Florence schools receive John E. Force Forestry Education Fund grants

CRYSTAL FALLS — The John E. Force Forestry Education Fund awarded grant funds to four projects in the 2017 fall grant cycle.

The John E. Force Forestry Education Fund was established in April 2015 in memory of John E. Force, a Crystal Falls-based consulting forester. The fund is devoted to funding forestry and other natural resource education projects in the Crystal Falls and Florence, Wis. areas.

It has a close relationship with the Forest Park School District in Crystal Falls and Florence Public School in Wisconsin, as well as the Florence Natural Resources Center. Since its inception, the fund has awarded more than $7,500 to support the education of more than 1,400 students in Force’s honor.

Projects funded in the 2017 fall grant cycle include: A field trip to Trees for Tomorrow for Florence Middle School students; the Your Forest, Your Future project for Forest Park agricultural and Earth science students; a Florence County School forest habitat enhancement project with Florence High School environmental science students; and a Forest Industry Interpretive Trail project at Florence County Natural Resource Center involving Florence High School English and media classes.

Spring applications for 2018 will be made available Nov. 1 and are due by Feb. 15. The committee will award funds within 15 days of the application due date.

Funds are administered by the Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization serving the Great Lakes Region, and are managed by a committee of Jim Force, Nancy Hronkin and Stu Boren.

Contributions can be made to the John E. Force Forestry Education Fund, c/o Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc., 1353 W. Hwy. U.S. 2, Suite 2, Crystal Falls, MI 49920. Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Money raised through contributions is used to support projects that help educate young people about forestry and career opportunities in the field. One hundred percent of all contributions go toward grant projects. Emphasis is on projects developed within the Forest Park and Florence public school systems, as well as the Florence Natural Resources Center.

“As a consulting forester, John Force devoted his entire professional life to sustaining the forestry resources of Upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin,” said Don Peterson, executive director at the Sustainable Resources Institute. “John was very interested and active in educating young people about forestry, wood products and the natural resources heritage of this beautiful part of the country.”

For more information, contact the Institute at 906-875-3720.