Trees for Tomorrow trip Teaches Lessons

Submitted by: Joan MacKenzie 04/01/2012

Scholarships provided by the Domtar Paper Co. allowed 25 students from D.C. Everest Middle School to experience the best of the Northwoods at the Trees For Tomorrow Learning Center in Eagle River.

EAGLE RIVER March 8, 2012- Scholarships provided by the Domtar Paper Co. allowed 25 students from D.C. Everest Middle School to experience the best of the Northwoods at the Trees For Tomorrow Learning Center in Eagle River.

Students who were selected to attend include Jacob Busko, Krista Koeing, Braden Voigt, Aurora Martell, Claire Burns, Kaleb Durst, Austin Gribowski, Heith Gureski, Touger Her, Nathan Jagodzinski, Charlotte Rethaber, Matt Lukasik, Elizabeth Metz, Chelsea Pontzloff, Kira Salzman, Sydney Schwantes, Grace Martin, Daniel Burclaff, Jenna Cooper, Maddie Bosi, Emily Marquardt, Allison Cotton, Sadie Fisher, Kasey Stack and Leia Zoromski.

The group was chaperoned by Tammy Koenig, Paul Rheinschmidt and Peter Schmidt. This is the seventh year Domtar has provided scholarships.

Trees For Tomorrow is the state's only fully accredited natural resource specialty school. In addition to education, outdoor skills, life skills and stewardship are taught.

"I have learned so much. Trees For Tomorrow takes what I had learned at the school forest and raised the bar higher," Allison Cotton said.

For some, Trees For Tomorrow offered a first look at something new.

"When we went snowshoeing in Sylvania, I liked seeing the many tracks and dens after learning about animal tracks," Kira Salzman said.

Claire Burns thought it was interesting going to an active logging site.

"We depend on trees for so many products in our everyday life. It was exciting to talk with a real logger to hear the benefits of managing the forest. It was also cool to see the logging machine in operation and how it measured, cut and delimbed the tree automatically," Claire said.

"It's important for people to understand the balance between nature and the logging industry," Sydney Schwantes said. "Logging creates jobs and the many resources we need to survive, while nature provides the homes for animals and beauty for us to enjoy. It's important for us to keep those two things in balance so we can enjoy all that the forest has to offer."

For others, this opportunity provided a new environmental perspective.

"I think Trees For Tomorrow is important because it gives people an opportunity to gain new knowledge about the wilderness," Kasey Stack said.

Students are grateful to the Domtar Paper Co. and Trees For Tomorrow for the opportunity to learn how to be better stewards of the earth.

Our thanks to Domtar Paper Company for making this valuable experience for students possible.