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 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)

 Directions:  The center is located at 17030 Bush Road west of Chelsea. Take I-94 to exit 157 (Pierce Road) and go north to Bush Road. Take Bush Road west to the center, entrance is on the left. 

 Directions:  The center is located at 17030 Bush Road west of Chelsea. Take I-94 to exit 157 (Pierce Road) and go north to Bush Road. Take Bush Road west to the center, entrance is on the left. 

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