Milaca Public Schools
500 Highway 23 West
Milaca, MN 56353

Milaca School Forest Environmental Learning Center Committee


Committee Members
Keith Anderson                Milaca H.S. Science Department
Damian Patnode              Milaca H.S. Principal
Doug Olson*                   Milaca H.S. Agriculture Department
Charlie Plumadore*         Milaca H.S. Science Department
(Open)                           Milaca School Board Member
Leean Pietrzak                Milaca H.S. Agriculture Department
Paul Arens                      Milaca H.S. Physical Education Department
W. James Hendrickson     Retired School Forest Coordinator/Community                                          Member 

* School Forest Site Coordinator (DNR Contact)


Mission Statement:

This committee will strive to provide students with opportunities for hands-on application of curriculum content in an outdoor classroom setting, while following sound forest management strategies to create and maintain a diverse and stable ecosystem.


Committee Long Term Goals:

Informational Signs

  • Informational Sign at Forest Entrance
  • Planting Year Signs
  • Water Testing Location Signs for Ongoing Research
  • Tree Identification Stations
Tree Thinning/Selective Logging
Buckthorn Control
Orienteering Course
GPS Mapping
Food Plots
Bat and Bird Houses