Demonstration forest plans fundraiser
Forests Forever Inc. in Clackamas County is launching a major fundraising campaign to construct an outreach center at its Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Beavercreek. The 2,400-square-foot building will provide residential space for its forest host plus accommodations for overnight guests, a conference room and office. About $270,000 of donations already have been committed to the project during the "quiet phase." The public fundraising, now starting, has the goal to raise the balance of the $500,000 project. Information about the project can be found at FFI's website: www.demonstrationforest.org. According to Mike Bondi, FFI board member and fundraising coordinator, "The outreach center will be an important addition to our education and outreach efforts at Hopkins. As we have grown over the years, we have needed better accommodations for our forest host plus the ability to offer overnight lodging for teachers, researchers, volunteers and visitors coming from all around the area and across the country to work at Hopkins and participate in our education programs and activities." Bondi said he has been overwhelmed by the early support and commitments made to this project starting last summer. Besides cash contributions, forest product companies have donated all of the framing wood and plywood for the building. FFI has a variety of other product and service needs they also hope to fill. "We really appreciate all of the support in the community and around the region. Our building will be a wonderful showcase of using the most sustainable building product there is — wood — in the construction of our center." All donors will be recognized in the center. Naming opportunities are available, too. For more information, see FFI's website at www.demonstrationforest.org.
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