Paul E. Dake was born in Newberry, Michigan in 1930.
He married Ruth Carpenter who owned land in Luce County. They raised ten children in the
area. They tried their hand at farming but the land did not support their efforts, so in
1955 the first tree planting began to cover the open farmland.
In 1985, Paul and Ruth were named Michigan's Tree
Farmers of the Year. Paul became very active in the Michigan Forest Association and the
Michigan Forest Foundation. The focus of their forest management program was to leave the
environment in a better state than that in which they found it. To get this message out,
it was their belief that it was necessary to teach children the importance of taking care
of their world at a very early age.
Upon Paul's death in 1990, Ruth continued their
endeavor by making a contribution for the printing of the first edition of a coloring book
for the education of grade school children. The Dake Memorial was established, in Paul's
memory to continue the journey to educate children regarding the environment and the
responsibilities of all people as stewards of the land. Much work is to be done to get the
word out to children and adults regarding this extremely important subject.
Contributions, large or small are always welcome and truly appreciated so that the task of
education with respect to the environment may continue for the welfare of us all.
For more information on contributions to
the Paul Dake Memorial, please contact:
Michigan Forest Association
6120 South Clinton Trail Eaton Rapids, MI 48827