Mauer Presented Wisconsin School Forest Award

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Mark Mauer was recognized with a School Forest Award by the LEAF Program. Pictured Left to Right: Cumberland Schools Superintendent Dr. Barry Rose, Steve Schmidt LEAF, and Mark Mauer

Community member, Mark Mauer has been recognized with a School Forest Award by the LEAF Program for his contributions to the Cumberland School Forest.
Mauer has supported the development of our school forest property to make it more accessible and usable for teachers and students.  Without his promotion of the project and financial support, we would not have been able to accomplish what we have in such a short time. His personal financial donations and support through the Cumberland Education Foundation allowed us in just a few short years to: bring electric power to the school forest building, install heat, re-excavate the road to allow safer access and bus parking, construct a 40’ X 40’ concrete patio/outdoor classroom, install a low-ropes course (with a high-ropes course in the planning stages), complete the necessary wooden boardwalks, and install a canoe center on the lake (a dock, eight canoes, and  storage racks).  Mark is a humble and generous man.  He would be sure to give the credit for what has been done to others, but without his vision and persistence, our school forest would not be what it is today.
Wisconsin’s school forest program was created more than 90 years ago to allow schools to own property for forestry programs. The primary focus was to engage students in replanting our forests.  Since those early days, the program has grown and evolved considerably due to the efforts of many individuals and organizations.  Today over 400 school forests are available to integrate environmental education into schools’ curriculum, provide experiential learning for students, teachers, and the public, meet state-mandated education standards, demonstrate sustainable natural resource management, strengthen school-community partnerships, and provide income for education activities.
The current strength of the school forest program would not have been possible without contributions from community members like Mauer, educators, resource personnel, students, and school administrators that help their school forests “reach new heights.” The award was presented to Mark at a ceremony held on April 13th at the Cumberland Education Light Legacy Dinner.
For more information about the School Forest Awards or the statewide school forest program, contact Gretchen Marshall, Wisconsin School Forest Coordinator, at (715) 346-2633 or or visit




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