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The Hopkins Demonstration Forest has been hit by the issues of the pandemic, prompting a fundraising effort.

It has been a tough year all-around and the Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Beavercreek is no exception to that rule.

To help with its struggles, a fundraising campaign has been launched to help support the Hopkins Demonstration Forest.

The 140-acre community forest is owned and managed by the nonprofit Forests Forever, Inc. All contributions are tax-deductible.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Hopkins Demonstration Forest outside of Molalla is the subject of fundraising efforts to offset financial shortfalls caused by the pandemic.

"This past year was a crazy time for all of us," said Ken Everett, FFI's volunteer executive director. "We had to be closed or have restricted access for portions of the year and most of our education programs for school groups were canceled. Facility rentals for weddings, family events, and business meetings were canceled, too, but we hope to be back to normal in the coming year."

The Friends of Hopkins Campaign hopes to raise $25,000 this year to help offset the costs of operation for the community forest.

More than 10,000 people come to the Hopkins Demonstration Forest every year to hike the trails and enjoy the woods. In normal years, about 5,000 public, private and home-school students and their teachers visit to study natural sciences in the forest.

All programs are free of charge. Community volunteers help maintain the forest, trails and facilities.

All contributions are welcome. Visit the Hopkins Demonstration Forest website at demonstrationforest.org. Scroll down the home page to the section "Become a Friend of Hopkins" for more information.


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