As part of the Wisconsin Solar Tour, the Evjue Cordwood Education Center at the Merrill School Forest will be open for viewing on Oct. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cordwood Education Center is a mile in from the main road (Hwy 107) and interested persons may walk or drive slowly on a gravel road to the center. The Evjue Cordwood Education Center is part of Nels P. Evjue Merrill School Forest.
The community-built Evjue Cordwood Education Center has passive solar design, solar thermal radiant in floor heat, and photovoltaics (solar electricity) to run the DC pumps which circulate the glycol (antifreeze) solution to warm the buidling. Bruce Pieper of Sun n Solar in Tomahawk installed the system.
Many volunteers worked on the Cordwood Education Center and the Evjue Foundation (the charitable arm of the Capital Times in Madison) helped to fund the project along with the Friends of the School Forest.
For more information, call the School Forest Lodge at 715-536-8248 and go to www.the-mrea.org and click on Solar Tour for directions and more information.
The School Forest (N4740 Hwy 107, Irma) is located northwest of Merrill on Hwy 107 right across the road from New Wood County Park.