John E. Force Forestry Education Fund spring grant applications available

CRYSTAL FALLS — Spring 2021 grant applications are now available for the John E. Force Forestry Education Fund and are due Feb. 15.

The 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 County Public Schools, as well as the Florence Natural Resources Center.

The application can be downloaded at http://www.sustainableinc.org/index.html or is available from the Sustainable Resources Institute by calling 906-875-3720.

Since its inception, the Fund has been able to award over $16,000 to support the education of more than 2,000 students in honor of John Force.

Earlier this year the John E. Force Forestry Education Fund awarded a grant to Friends of Camp Batawagama for the purchase of backpacks for hiking in the woods for either a day trip or an overnight trip for the children that attend camp.

The Crystal Falls Library was awarded a grant for hiring two local authors to come and speak to the Forest Park Elementary students about their novels and for purchase of the books for each child. This will encourage the students to read the novels and build the children’s home libraries.

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.

Funds raised through contributions are used to support projects that help educate young people about forestry and career opportunities in the field.

All contributions go entirely toward grant projects.

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

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


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