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Annual Meeting- 2009
August 21 & 22, 2009
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The 2009 Annual Meeting was held August 21 and 22 at Cedar Campus, near Cedarville. Cedarville is in the little-known area of the Upper Peninsula that’s east of the Mackinac Bridge. It’s a nearly idyllic setting among the Le Chenaux Islands of northern Lake Huron. Chairing the meeting were MFA members Karen and Rich Serfass, of Dafter. Karen and Rich own a tract of forest near Cedarville which was the focal point of our Saturday afternoon activities.

Friday morning was taken up with a board meeting – one of those necessary parts of the gathering. Also on Friday morning MFA members Mark Smith and Sean Mobley led children’s activities. On Friday afternoon Cedar Campus manager Jerry Smith gave us a brief history of Cedar Campus. Afterward, some of the group toured the Cedar Campus property with the property manager and made some management recommendations. Others mingled over coffee in the lounge or enjoyed the boating opportunities on Lake Huron. After dinner on Friday evening Chris Hohnholt, from Michigan Tech, gave a review of their teacher education workshop which was funded in part through the Michigan Forest Foundation. Debra Huff and Georgia Peterson presented a short program on “Intergenerational Transfer” – meaning “How can we make sure our forest property stays in the family?”  Friday evening was capped off with a campfire, courtesy of the Cedar Campus staff, and an evening boat cruise among the LeChenaux Islands 

Saturday morning brought the opportunity for three very interesting visits: a sawmill, a wooden boat-building school, and a bed & breakfast built using an unusual framing technique. Mike Tassier welcomed us to Thick ‘n’ Thin Lumber, where he saws white cedar and white pine for lumber, siding and molding. He also runs a kiln to dry the lumber. Bob Smith, chairman of the board of the boat-building school showed us around the shops where people learn the art of fine woodworking. Some of their work is readily seen in the cabinetry used in the building. Jim and Betty Struble of Dancing Waters Bed & Breakfast demonstrated their portable bandsaw mill that’s capable of sawing a 40" log – or maybe bigger.

Saturday afternoon we went to the Serfass’s Tree Farm just east of Cedarville. While we are at the tree farm we heard interesting presentations from Susan Metcalfe on timber taxes, Tom Allan gave an entertaining and informative talk on song birds, and Jerry Grossman talked about carbon credits. At dinner on Saturday evening, awards were given to Ralph Bennett and Son, our Logger of the Year, and Lynne Piippo, of the St Ignace Visitors Bureau for their long-term support of our association. John Van Dyke and Byron Sailor were auctioneers for lots of wonderful things donated to the cause.

2009 MFA Annual Meeting

Clockwise from the top left

  • The Michigan Forest Foundation board finalizes plans for the coming year;
  • President Collin Burnett presents an award to Director Bill Botti for his long career as a DNR forester;
  • Members toured the buildings and grounds of the Cedar Campus facilities;
  • President Burnett, Exec. Director Botti, and MFF president Wright presided at the annual business meeting;
  • A master wood turning artist crafted a section of cedar log into a bird feeder;
  • The full MFA board worked to finalize their report to the membership and chart the course for the year ahead.

Photos by Don Ingle

2009 MFA Annual Meeting

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Clockwise from the top left

  • Members engaged in a visual exercise in estate planning;
  •  “Our Guy in the UP,” Bill Cook, and Bill Botti relax after a full day of tours and workshops;
  • A student at the Great Lakes Boat Building School with a wood strip canoe he was completing;
  • A tour of a Cedarville saw mill showed the size and quality of the white cedar from the surrounding forests;
  • This sign marks the unique school to train wooden boat builders to replace the older craftsman who are retiring or have passed on.

Photos by Don Ingle