CHARLESTON, VT -- NorthWoods Stewardship Center has announced a million-dollar capital campaign to support new facilities and enhancements to their environmental education and outdoor programs for youth and the community. Executive Director Carol A. Moore made the announcement at NorthWoods' recent Winter Water Woods art exhibit, along with campaign sponsors including Community National Bank and Plum Creek Timber.

Among the new facilities at NorthWoods, a 20-bed bunkhouse will provide overnight facilities for camps, student programs, and a myriad of workshops for landowners, foresters, and the community. The project is ready to break ground this spring, and NorthWoods invites the public to help complete construction costs by taking part in the #MyWoods social media event now through March 18. Visit northwoodscenter.org/wordpress/mywoods/ for details.

"Whether it's working on trails as a Corps member, or exploring the woods as a young student, those hands-on experiences with the outdoors can be life-changing," said Moore. "We want to make sure that many more young people learn about stewardship and make that connection. That's what the Center is all about -- stewardship and education."

At the announcement event, Community National Bank CEO Steven Marsh expressed thanks for the "great work of a great organization." Chris Fife, local manager for Plum Creek Timber, commended NorthWoods' longevity and high-quality efforts. "These individuals have a real commitment to the northern forests and to educating others about the wise use of those resources," said Fife. "I hope others will be inspired to contribute and help lay the foundation for another 25 years of excellence."

About NorthWoods Stewardship Center

Established in 1989, NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a nonprofit environmental education and conservation service organization based in East Charleston, Vt. Through three programs -- education and camps, a youth conservation corps and the Forest Stewardship Institute -- NorthWoods inspires individuals to be stewards of their environment. For more about NorthWoods the #MyWoods Campaign please Visit www.nothwoodscenter.org for more information.

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