For sixteen years the Institute has provided leadership for collaborative interfaith efforts initiating projects in the areas of mental health, religion and the environment. It's received commendations for its work from the US EPA, the Sierra Club, and the Governor of Michigan. Its Director, Jon Magnuson, a former Peace Corps Volunteer and ELCA campus pastor, is a good friend and colleague from his fifteen years serving ministries in Oregon and Washington. On my journey down the Mississippi, my kayak will be carrying a Brunton #58 compass and an all weather NRS map case, gifts from the Institute.
As I paddle down the Mississippi during the days of June, Jon will be planting 10,000 Northern white cedar trees with a team of at-risk youth, church folks, and volunteers from the Native American community. If you wish to make a donation in honor of my trip to help with CTI's ongoing work, it can be made by paypal via www.cedartreeinstitute.org or sent by mail in honor of "Dave Ellingson's Paddle to New Orleans" and addressed to The Cedar Tree Institute, 403 E Michigan St., Marquette, Michigan. All gifts are tax deductible.