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Trees for Tomorrow Hosting Forest Fest SaturdaySubmitted: 07/29/2015
EAGLE RIVER - Keeping the Northwoods wooded is Trees for Tomorrow's basic goal. This weekend, they'll show people why it's important to them.

Trees for Tomorrow will host Forest Fest in Eagle River.

The organization began with the purpose of reforesting the Great Lakes region. It soon shifted its focus from tree planting to education.

"Really our focus is to teach people and to provide them with information and experiences focused on sustainable resource management," said Trees for Tomorrow Operations Manager Cheryl Todea.

The specialty school hosts the event as a way to give back to the community it's been in for 71 years.

"Kids that have maybe come to Forest Fest the first year as a six-year-old, you know now they're 10 and might be focused or interested in learning about different things, and it applies to their life maybe in a different aspect, so you're never too young or too old," Todea said.

Guided trail walks, paper making demonstrations, and horse-drawn wagon rides are just a few of the family activities planned for this weekend.

Forest Fest will be held at Trees for Tomorrow's campus in Eagle River Saturday. The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Story By: Anthony DaBruzzi

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