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Force Education Fund apps available

CRYSTAL FALLS — Fall 2020 applications for the John E. Force Forestry Education Fund are now available.
    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 areas. It has a close relationship with the Forest Park and Florence School Districts, as well as the Florence Natural Resources Center.  
    Applications for the 2020 Fall funding round are due by Oct. 15. The committee will award funds within 15 days of the application due date. Applications are available at or by calling 875-3720.
    The John E. Force Forestry Education Fund recently awarded two grants to Forest Park Schools – one to bring industrial arts students to local lumber industry locations and another to bring students to the Quincy Mine in Hancock to learn about mining and the forest industry’s role in it.  A third grant was awarded to Florence County Schools to conduct an Outdoor Adventure camp for area middle school students. Since its inception, the fund has been able to award over $17,000 to support the education of more than 2,100 students in honor of John Force.  
    The fund is administered by the Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the Great Lakes Region and is managed by a committee consisting 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.
    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 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 875-3720.