WATERSMEET—The annual meeting of the Ottawa Interpretive Association (OIA) will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at 9 a.m. at the Ottawa Visitor Center; corner of U.S. 2 and Highway 45 here.
The public is invited to attend.
The OIA is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1993 for the purpose of enhancing the educational and interpretive efforts of the Ottawa National Forest.
All net profits generated from the OIA administered “Bears Den” gift shop at the Visitor Center, contributions and membership fees are used to fund education, interpretive and cultural projects on the Ottawa National Forest.
The goal is to instill in the public a land ethic; a sense of pride and stewardship toward our public lands.
The OIA board is comprised of volunteer members with varying backgrounds who determine the projects to be funded from grant requests by Ottawa personnel.
Since 1993 the OIA has funded over 75 projects on the Ottawa, (worth $380,000) including signage at Black River Harbor, the Visitor Center Interpretive Trail, Alligator Eye, videos and sound systems for the Visitor Center, printing of numerous brochures, summer Thursday evening Visitor Center speakers, refurbishing hiking trails and campgrounds, the Tree of Hope and mounting of animals for display.
Lisa Klaus, Public Affairs and Administrative officer for the Ottawa and Chequamegon – Nicolet National Forests and OIA liaison, will be giving a power point presentation in the auditorium, followed by the annual meeting.
Membership information will be available and the “Bears Den” gift shop will offer a 10 percent discount on all purchases to attendees. Coffee and light refreshments will also be provided.
OIA directors and board encourage the public to attend, visit our gift shop and find out how to become a member of the OIA for continued assistance of worthwhile projects for the Ottawa and the community.