Brand new start up organization gets on its feet by defining its mission, recruiting its first board of directors and building an initial operating infrastructure

The Forest Exploration Center’s aim is to improve the public’s understanding of and appreciation for forests and forestry. With the environmental, economic and cultural impact of forests and forestry largely misunderstood, a group of volunteers came together to begin planning a new Forest Exploration Center. McDonald Schaefer helped them to clarify their purpose; recruit and train their first all-volunteer board of directors to guide the organization’s growth; and prepare organizational infrastructure, including policy design, by-laws, handbooks, a communications plan and an initial fundraising plan.