Huron Valley Chapter

HVC meetings are held on the 3rd Monday, September through April, excepting December, at 7:30 pm at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens auditorium, 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105.  Meetings are free and open to the public, however, there is a fee for parking that supports MBGNA. Program descriptions for 2015-2016 are below.

Field trips are mainly in the growing season, but also occasionally held during winter season. Field Trips for 2016 are below.

Do you wish to join the Huron Valley Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club? Click here to access the membership form.


Huron Valley Chapter 2015-2016 Contacts & Officers

President  Anton Reznicek  (734) 764-5544

Vice President   Ron Gamble

Secretary  Sarah Nooden (734) 663-5667

Treasurer Toni Spears (734) 424-2530

Director at Large  Lynn Kirkpatrick

Director at Large Sheila Bourgoin

Director at Large  Sarah Nooden (734) 663-5667

Immediate Past President Larry Noodén (734) 663-5667

Committees

Programs Ron Gamble

Publications  Sarah Nooden

Nominations Irene Eiseman (734) 475-9654, Sarah Nooden, Beverly Walters

Field Trips Robert Ayotte, (734) 718-6114

Artist Abraham Cone

Huron Valley Chapter Meetings 2016 

We will resume our meetings later this year. Previous meeting information is archived here.


Field Trips - 2016

Mud Lake Bog

Mud Lake Bog Field Trip                                                   

Saturday morning

July 30, 2016                                             

Trip Leader:  Bev Walters

Mud Lake Bog, owned by the University of Michigan since 1955, is more than just a bog. Of the 260 acre property, just a small portion is truly a bog ecosystem, and much of the surrounding wetland complex is likely still influenced by groundwater input.   This trip will focus on the bog areas and a poor conifer swamp dominated by black spruce, which are particularly interesting because they harbor many plant species more typical of northern bogs.  We will head to the north side of Mud Lake, traversing through boot-sucking swampland thick with poison sumac and interlaced with fallen trees waiting to trip the unwary.  After about 40 minutes, the swamp will give way to sphagnum hummocks with tamarack and other botanical gems that will dazzle us.  

Due to the sensitive nature of this area, participants willbe limited to 15 MBC members.  This is a fairly difficult hike with uneven footing - contact Bev at bev2walters@yahoo.com with questions or to register.  

Restoration of Oak Savanna at MacCready Preserve 

August 27th at 10:00 am - 1 pm

Leader: Professor Lars Brudvig

Join MSU Restoration Ecologist Lars Brudvig for an in-depth interpretation of the Oak-Savanna restoration project at MacCready Reserve.  The MacCready Reserve is a 408-acre property that is designated for education, research and outreach programs in wildlife and forestry management. The lush setting includes 6.5 miles of trails, rolling terrain, natural springs, a diversity of wildflowers, mature hardwoods, and a plethora of bird species.

In restoring the Oak-Savanna, Lars and his students in the Brudvig Lab take a plant community approach – coupling restoration and landscape ecology to 1) seek the basic underlying drivers of ecological communities across space and time and 2) apply this knowledge to the field of restoration ecology.

“We address questions about how and why space matters for plant communities and what this means for their restoration.  Much of our work is centered on large-scale experiments – among the world’s best experimental tests in landscape ecology.  To provide strong linkages between basic science and its application, we collaborate with several land management agencies.  See: http://brudviglab.plantbiology.msu.edu/

To carpool, meet at the Chelsea Park n' Ride off I-94, departing 9:00 a.m.

MacCready Reserve

9243 Skiff Lake Rd

Clarklake MI 49234

Fall Woody Plants of Radrick Forest

Saturday 8 October 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Trip Leaders: Neal Billetdeaux and Robert Ayotte

Comprised of three adjacent forest ecosystems Radrick Forest is the perfect place to demonstrate how different forest ecosystems evolve from contrasting physiography (geography and parent soils).  We will discuss the glacial origins of the landscape, and closely examine the soils of communities dominated by Oak-Hickory, Southern Dry Oak, and Southern Mesic forest types.  There will be an in-depth review of the diverse Woody Plants growing within these ecosystems.