With an $188,000 grant from the Canaday Family Charitable Trust, which was founded by Spitzer's grandfather Ward Canaday, NorthWoods has formed the Forest Stewardship Institute, Kellogg said.
Part of the center's purpose will be timber stand improvement and creating or repairing wildlife habitat, Perron said.
The grant money was also used to add staff and will be used to add infrastructure like parking areas, trails and a bunkhouse.
Spitzer said when she bought the land in 1993, she had a notion of setting up a school there for people to live off the land. "By my fiftieth birthday, I realized if I hadn't already become a visionary entrepreneur," she said laughing.
The land had been abused, Spitzer said, and was being used without her permission for things like baiting and shooting coyotes. NorthWoods got equity it needed and Spitzer found people who would care for the land, she said.
"It was a win, win, win, win situation," she said. "It was a slam dunk."
She said the real credit belongs to people like Benoit, Ross Stevens, Luke O'Brien and board members. "These guys have put the brains and the sweat in it," she said.
"I can't imagine anything else I'd rather have my name on," Spitzer said.
When Bill Manning founded the center, originally called Vermont Leadership Center, in 1989, it had only the land the building sat upon, Benoit said. In 2005, it had about 100 acres, so Spitzer's donation is significant, bringing the holdings up to nearly 1,500 acres.
Board member Bill Bevans said Spitzer has done enormous good for the Kingdom, including paying for a new observatory at Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium.
"She showed us the stars and the cosmos, and now she's showing us the ground we're standing on," Bevans said.
During the formal ceremony, Benoit thanked a variety of people who helped make the donation and Forest Stewardship Institute possible.
He presented a plaque with a photo and quote -- "Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world" -- and a white ash walking stick to Spitzer. The walking stick also has a quote on it, "May your heart remain green and growing and your feet deeply rooted in the earth."
Benoit said the quote is based on an Abenaki creation story in which the people were first made of stone. They were strong and invincible, but also cold, Benoit said. One the second try, the creator made the Abenaki out of ash to be tall, straight, and graceful, Benoit said.
The quote is an abbreviated version, he said. "If you've ever wood-burned, you know why."
A giant, fluffy dog named Max barked along with the great applause that ended the ceremony.
The group moved outside to the kiosk for the garland cutting, where Spitzer's two golden-doodles, Milo and Hopper, one of whom is "poodlier" than the other, flounced around in the fresh snow.