2014 MBC State Fall Meeting - Saturday, October 18th

Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Niemeyer Hall, Room 148, Allendale, Michigan   

The White Pine Chapter is pleased to host this year's MBC State Fall Meeting at Grand Valley State University on Saturday, October 18. The university is located in an accessible location, easily reached from all areas. The large campus is well marked and has many parking lots.

The university was founded in 1963. Since that time it has become one of the largest universities in Michigan with constant additions of new building in evidence. There are two campus locations, Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids. Our meeting will be on the Allendale campus. We will be meeting in Niemeyer Hall, Room 148, which is the building for advanced students.

Our WPC members are proud to announce that our speaker for the meeting is Lee Mueller, a Certified Arborist and Registered Forester. He is currently the Program Director of the Urban Forest Project. The Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project is an initiative of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in Partnership with the City of Grand Rapids to engage the whole community in planting and growing larger, healthier urban forests.

He will present a program about how trees and other plants can save our urban environments. There will be a discussion of the importance of trees, plants, and natural ecosystems to urban infrastructure. This would include both the functional ecosystem benefits (e.g. stormwater mitigation, air quality) and the aesthetic benefits of trees and plants (e.g. improving property values, slowing traffic). He may also briefly discuss examples and real applications or case studies.

All MBC members are urged to attend this MBC State Fall Meeting to hear about current MBC plans and to learn about the impressive work being done in Grand Rapids parks and forests.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

11:00 A.M. Michigan Botanical Foundation Meeting                                                                                         11:30-12:30 P.M. State Board Meeting
12:30
-1:30 P.M. Lunch (be sure to pack yourself a sack lunch)                                                                         1:30-2:30 P.M. Speaker-LeeMueller                                                                                                                         2:30 P.M Refreshments followed by a field trip through the Ravines of Grand Valley State University           which are along the Grand River which flows through the campus.

Directions to GVSU Allendale Campus

From Detroit/Lansing: I-96 West to I-196 West (Gerald R. Ford Freeway) through downtown Grand Rapids. Exit Lake Michigan Drive/M-45 (Exit 75). Take M-45 approximately 12 miles to Grand Valley's entrance and turn left (south). Approximately 160 miles from Detroit and 75 miles from Lansing.

From Holland: US-31 North to M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive). Turn right (east) on M-45 and go approximately 12 miles to Grand Valley’s entrance and turn right (south). Approximately 25 miles from Holland.

From Kalamazoo: US-131 North to I-196 West (Gerald R. Ford Freeway). Exit Lake Michigan Drive/M-45 (Exit 75). Take M-45 approximately 12 miles to Grand Valley’s entrance and turn left (south). Approximately 65 miles from Kalamazoo.

From Muskegon: I-96 East to Coopersville (exit 16). Turn left on 68th Avenue and go approximately 6 miles. Turn left (east) on M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive). Go approximately 3 miles to Grand Valley’s entrance and turn right (south). Approximately 45 miles from Muskegon.

On Campus Directions to Niemeyer Hall

If you come to campus on M-45 (Lake Michigan Drive) turn onto campus and follow the road called Campus Drive until you come to a four-way stop. This is Calder Drive. Turn left on Calder Drive and then turn left into parking lot M where you may park. (Open parking on Saturdays) Niemeyer Hall is directly across Calder Drive from Lot M. Room 148 (Case Room) is on the 1st floor in Niemeyer Hall.

 

PAST FALL MEETINGS 

 

2013 MBC State Fall Meeting at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center - Saturday, October 10th

Huron Valley Chapter welcomes you to the 2013 State Fall Meeting Saturday, October 12 at the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, a DNR facility in the 20,000+ acre Waterloo State Recreation Area west of Chelsea, Michigan, and just a few miles North off I-94 exit 157 via Pierce Road at 7030 Bush Road. The center itself which is open 10:00 – 5:00 Tuesdays – Saturday (12:00 – 5:00 on Sundays) introduces visitors to the geology, natural history and to the diverse habitats of the area. There are 15 miles of hiking trails that branch out from the center. The names: Old Field Trail, Lowland Trail, Spring Pond Trail, The Bog Trail, Oak Woods Trail, Lakeview Trail, Hickory Hills Trail, reflect the diversity of habitats in this ice contact terrain.

Talk: HVC President Tony Reznicek (Assistant Director and curator, University of Michigan Herbarium) will be our featured speaker, giving an illustrated talk at 1:30 p.m.:  Alaska Botany – Tall timbers to Tundra”  Tony will share his botanical adventures in Alaska. The talk will be open to the public. Refreshments follow.  

Field Trip: After the refreshment break an evergreen lycopod field trip, led by Connie Crancer, will leave the center around 3:00 p.m. 

**The MBC State Board of Directors will meet in the auditorium  from 10:00 a.m. to 1:15p.m. The main agenda will be Foray 2014 Planning. Board members bring a brown bag lunch. Interested members are welcome.   

Below is a list of nearby accommodations for those who would like to come early, or stay over, to explore the geologically diverse Waterloo State Recreation Area which also has lots of camping opportunities (Camping Reservations: (800) 447-2757,  Phone: (734) 475-8307 

The Comfort Inn, Chelsea - (734) 433-8000

The Holiday Inn Express, Chelsea - (734) 433-1600

Chelsea House Victorian Inn - 118 E. Middle St,  Chelsea, MI  www.chelseahouseinn.com,  (877) 618-4953

Waterloo Gardens Bed & Breakfast - 7600 Werkner Rd,  Chelsea, MI www.waterloogardensbb.com,  (734) 433-1612

For more information: Google:  Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center, or Waterloo Natural History Association   http://www.wnha.org/news.htm   

*Recreation Passport Required (Available from Secretary of State Office or park office):

Cost:   $11 MI resident , $5 motorcycle resident, $30.50 non-resident annual ($8.40 non-resident daily)

Welcome to the new editor for The Michigan Botanist

Michael Huft was appointed as the new editor of The Michigan Botanist at the Fall meeting of the MBC board on October 12, 2013.  Mike has a Ph. D. in botany from The University of Michigan and a law degree from Northwestern University.  He has worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Field Museum of Natural History.  Currently he is an attorney in the Chicago area, practicing in the area of nonprofit law. 

Todd Barkman, our formed editor is working with Mike to make a smooth transition.   

MBC Blog Open for Business

This blog will be the clearinghouse for new information, up to date schedules and other fun content for the entire Michigan Botanical Club. Chapter specific information can be accessed from the Chapter Blogs tab.