Biologists call the thin line of landscape where specific ecological systems meet, an “ecotone.” Such intersections present unique, often overlooked species of plants and wildlife.

Founded in 1995, The Cedar Tree Institute, a nonprofit organization, reflects a similar presence in the areas of mental health, religion, and the environment. Building collaborative partnerships between persons and institutions, it sponsors seminars, forums and workshops along with providing counseling, mediation and consulting. One third of the services are pro bono.

Programs and Services

Consultation, Training, Education

CTI offers site-specific training and education designs for human service agencies, government organizations, churches and businesses in the areas of: *Leadership Development *Environmental Projects *Values Clarification *Organizational Development *Collaborative projects with Native American Communities

Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Formal mediation sessions follow a specific process. Settlements that result from such sessions have proven to be more enduring and considerably less expensive than court-ordered decisions. CTI offers this service for: *Small Claims Conflicts *Landlord-Tenant Disputes *Divorce Mediation *Conflicts within Churches *Employer-Employee Disagreements *Business-Consumer Arguments

Counseling and Psychotherapy

The Institute works in collaboration with area hospitals, churches and human service agencies. An emphasis on the uniqueness of each situation and the spirituality inherent in each individual shapes all consultations. CTI offers assistance with: *Work Difficulties *Spiritual Issues *Depression *Relationship Conflicts *Anxiety and Stress

Operational Principles

1. The Cedar Tree Institute shall be firmly grounded in spiritual traditions. Our organization will reflect this commitment in its flexibility, its unfolding vision, its projects and its operational style. It shall work in creative partnership with churches and religious communities.

2. The Institute will work quietly and modestly. It will not target mass markets for its services or seek status for itself. It will seek to serve as a catalyst and resource for improving the quality of life and environment in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

3. The Institute will own no property and acquire no debt. Ten percent (10%) of any income after expenses shall be given (tithed) back to the community.

Jon Magnuson, CTI Executive Director
Steve Mattson, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Private Client Services
Jim Elder, Attorney, Elder Agency

Larry Skendzel, Physician, Hospice Care
Gareth Zellmer, Consultant, Trainer
Ken Kelley, Professor Emeritus, NMU
Rick Peitila, Project Technician, Vienna
Jan Schultz, Botanist, USFS (Retired)
Michael Grossman, Family Physician

John Rosenberg, Olympia, Washington

Collaborative Partners


  • Lake Superior Binational Forum
  • Project Weave and the RWJ Foundation
  • MGH Family Care Doctors
  • Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (NGLS)
  • Department of Native American Studies, NMU
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
  • Marquette County Juvenile Court
  • Superior Watershed Partnership
  • Bell Hospital
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette
  • Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
  • Marquette District, United Methodist Church
  • Keweenaw Home Nursing and Hospice
  • UP Home Health and Hospice
  • Lake Superior Hospice