November 15, Saturday, 2:00-4:00 P.M.

Craig Elston will be presenting an indoor program at GVSU on the effects and magnitude of the Duck Lake fire in 2012 and show how the natural areas are recovering and regenerating. There will also be a portion dedicated to his wildflower photography.. He is a naturalist at the Hudsonville Nature Center. Craig is an excellent photographer so this promises to be a great program.

October 18, Saturday, 11:00-4:00 P.M.

This meeting will be held at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, just west of Grand Rapids. We will be forwarding the specific location on the campus to each MBC Chapter President later this summer.

The schedule will be 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-Lee Mueller

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.

Our speaker, Lee Mueller is 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 a larger, healthier urban forest. The specific topic of his presentation will be sent to MBC chapter Presidents and included in our WPC newsletters later this year.

Many thanks to Carol Phelps for identifying a speaker for this event!