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SUGARLOAF THE NORTH SHORE STEWARDSHIP ASSOCIATION

Helping you restore the North Shore

Duluth, MN   |  www.sugarloafnorthshore.org

Mission

To inspire the preservation and restoration of the North Shore's unique environment through education and exemplary stewardship, especially at Sugarloaf Cove.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Molly Thompson

Main address

6008 London Road

Duluth, MN 55804 USA

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Formerly known as

Sugarloaf Interpretive Center Association

EIN

41-1730982

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

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Our programs

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Nature Center management and educational programming

The organization operates and maintains the North Shore's only private, non profit, nature center. Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, located near Schroeder, MN, offers the public free access to Lake Superior and a variety of educational programming and workshops about natural history and coastal conservation throughout the year. The site also serves as a demonstration site for
forest restoration projects. Approximately 25,000 visitors visit the site each year.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Sugarloaf's Lost Forest program works with Lake Superior North Shore landowners to restore native conifer forest along the shore. We offer discounted tree fencing supplies yearly and we work with the North Shore Forest Collaborative to offer many educational programs about invasive plant control, planting and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

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Goals & Strategy

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2012-2013
Sugarloaf has been very active both at Sugarloaf Cove and along the North Shore of Lake Superior.

At Sugarloaf Cove: New storage shed. This shed will be used to store Sugarloaf items plus we plan to open it as a Community Shed with tree planting and invasive plant control supplies that landowners can borrow at no charge.

The work on our parking lot revamp continues. The lot has been surveyed and we are beginning our search for funding to make the needed changes.

Our naturalist programs continue to grow and are attracting more visitors and new members. During 2013, we held Master Naturalist training at Sugarloaf Cove and graduated 12 new Master Naturalists. Over the summer we offered a two day advanced geology course and a two day advanced bird banding course for Master Naturalists and other interested people. We also offered weekly hikes to local natural areas, bird banding and geology classes during the week and special guest speakers on Saturdays.

Thanks to the Master Naturalist class, we have a new set of volunteers and two volunteer coordinators.
We also completed a tree thinning project at Sugarloaf Cove. This thinning was needed to preserve the health of our pine plantations and to be good stewards of our site.

On the stewardship front, we offered 5 invasive plant control and tree planting workshops for landowners; 2 special invasive plant control workshops for professionals and produced three Youtube videos about tree planting, North Shore forest ecology and tree identification. Additionally, we released a publication about forest restoration - Restoring Lake Superior's Coastal Forest.

Sugarloaf continues as an active member and funder of the North Shore Forest Collaborative and the Cook County Invasive Team. Both of these efforts are partnerships with local, state and federal agencies, private landowners, and non profits interested in forest stewardship.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

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SUGARLOAF THE NORTH SHORE STEWARDSHIP ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ari Fuad

No Affiliation

Term: 2018 - 2024


Board co-chair

John Bathke

Russ Baker

Dana Dickson

Bruce Martinson

Phil Sogge

Susan Fuad

Peter Juhl

Mark Magney

Jerry Meigs

Tam Seidl

Tracy Trembley

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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