College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

Ford Center and Forest

A man in a forest.

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A living laboratory, museum, and more than 5,000-acre classroom complete with full-service conference facilities, the Ford Center and Forest plays a major role in School teaching, research, and outreach. One of Michigan Tech's most extraordinary resources, the nationally designated Model Forest receives minimal state funding and is classified as an auxiliary unit of the University. Operations and maintenance funds are partially generated from timber sales, but those have declined in the past eight years. Meanwhile, the need for renovations—the property was originally developed in the late 1930s—grows.

In a setting so deeply rooted in the past, the School creates a future of new learning experiences. There's "Camp," the semester-long field practicum. The annual sap boil. Ongoing demonstration projects, cutting trials, research plots, and miles of recreation trails open to all. Help us maintain and improve this one-of-a-kind community: a source of Husky Pride, School tradition, and excellence in environmental education.

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