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To inspire the preservation and restoration of the North Shore's unique environment through education and exemplary stewardship, especially at Sugarloaf Cove.
The Sugarloaf Interpretive Center Association was established in 1993 by a group of citizens concerned with a proposed safe harbor or marina at historic Sugarloaf Cove in Schroeder, Minnesota. The cove had been the site of Consolidated Paper's North Shore logging operation from 1942 to 1972. The Association, under the guidance of the late Governor Elmer L. Andersen, developed a positive alternative for the site to preserve the land and strengthen restoration and education efforts on the North Shore.
Having accomplished significant preservation, restoration and interpretation a the 34-acre Sugarloaf Cove site, the Association recognized that the need for preservation and restoration on the North Shore was far broader, and that what worked at the Cove could work at other places.
In 2005 Sugarloaf changed its name and mission to reflect its larger shore-wide role of education and restoration. The current mission of Sugarloaf is: To inspire the preservation and restoration of the North Shore's unique environment through education and exemplary stewardship, especially at Sugarloaf Cove.
In 2003, Sugarloaf began expanding its mission and activities to address shore-wide needs. The Lost Forest Initiative engaged private landowners in restoring native conifer forests. We recently received funding to restart this project in 2010. Additionally, we will be offering invasive species workshops this summer (2010) and will be inviting local residents to participate in the mapping of the locations of a variety of invasive plant species.
However, the core of our operations remains Sugarloaf Cove. Trails at the Cove are open to visitors throughout the year. The building is open and staffed from June to October. Naturalist-led programs are offered 4 days a week. Through all our programs, we strive to meet our mission of restoring and preserving the North Shore's beautiful environment.
- Molly Thompson
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