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About the Friends of Sylvania
Several people, impressed by the pristine beauty of Sylvania, met in the fall of 2008 and agreed to organize a group of 'friends'. On April 7, 2009, the Friends of Sylvania was incorporated under the Michigan state law. At the first official meeting, on August 12, 2009, attendees selected the first Board of Directors; the directors adopted the bylaws and elected the first officers. The Friends of Sylvania received non-profit status on January 6, 2010 (effective date of exemption: April 7, 2009).
Friends of Sylvania is a founding member of the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance.
Most of our time is devoted to the organization of and participation in work parties for trail and portage clearing, the mapping and removal of invasive plants, and the restoration of camp sites. All participants in these work parties are volunteers: local people interested in helping, civic groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, as well as visitors to Sylvania. We are also involved in the organization of formal and informal talks at the Visitor Center and the Day-use Building. All of these activities are coordinated with the Ottawa National Forest.
Board of Directors
Waltraud A. R. Brinkmann, President
Robert A. Evans, Vice President
Daniel J. Wallace, Secretary
Waltraud A. R. Brinkmann, Treasurer
Craig S. Coleman
Thomas V. Church
The Friends of Sylvania corporation is organized on a directorship basis and therefore does not have voting members but welcomes assistance and input from Volunteers and Active Volunteers (volunteers who provide a minimum of 15 volunteer hours per calendar year).
Support the Sylvania Wilderness
Are you interested in helping to preserve this unique and beautiful wilderness?
- You can contribute your time and talent by becoming involved in a volunteer activity.
- You can also help fund our volunteer and outreach projects. Your contribution–in any amount–is vitally important to the work we do to protect and preserve Sylvania. The Friends of Sylvania is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your donation is fully deductible under the IRS codes and will be properly used to support our mission.
Give by mail:
Please, print and complete the donation form and mail it, together with your check, to the address listed at the top of the form.
Please use the PayPal button below to donate securely online with your credit card. You do not need to have a PayPal account. (Please enter the amount at the top of the form and click on 'continue' near the bottom of the form).
We thank our donors: _2010-2013 donors_
Please contact us to have your name added to our e-mail list. Friends of Sylvania will not share your e-mail address and will only send information about Sylvania or Friends of Sylvania activities.
Your questions and comments are welcome at contact us.