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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.