Lumberjack Resource Conservation and Development Council recently joined the Wisconsin Young Forest Partnership as a fiscal sponsor and an official MOU (memorandum of understanding) signee.
Says Lumberjack RC&D executive director Tracy Beckman: “Lumberjack values the relationship with WYFP because the group aligns so well with the Lumberjack mission by enhancing natural resources, helping to improve the quality of life for private citizens, and fostering partnerships at the public and private level. Lumberjack brings a wealth of grant administration experience and organizational development expertise to the group, and we’re looking forward to helping WYFP grow.”
A multi-county nonprofit, Lumberjack serves Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Shawano, and Vilas counties in northeastern Wisconsin. In existence for over 50 years, Lumberjack helps local governments conserve and properly use natural resources to solve local problems and improve local economies.
Reports WYFP coordinator Randee Smith, “As of August 12, the coordinator position transferred to Lumberjack RC&D, and our office location moved from the Rhinelander Department of Natural Resources building to the Lumberjack RC&D office in the Curran Professional Park near the Oneida County courthouse." Smith added: "From the very beginning, when the WYFP executive committee considered transferring the coordinator position, Lumberjack director Tracy Beckman was kind and very helpful in answering all of our questions. She has been instrumental in organizing the funding sources that will support the coordinator position for the next three years and has already delved into learning about the complexity of the partnership.”
Continues Smith, “Looking forward, Lumberjack RC&D will play a vital role by housing the coordinator position and handling the administration aspect, and also will be positioned to apply for grants on behalf of the WYFP. I look forward to learning from Tracy as we work together and make new connections that will benefit the partnership and ultimately help both the environment and the people of northern Wisconsin.”