Saginaw Forest was established in 1904 as an experimental forest farm. Plantations of 40 species were planted during 1904-1915 on mostly cut over farm fields, some highly eroded and gullied. Planting, harvesting, and thinning experiments continued until early 1950s, but forest management slowed and ceased with changing student and faculty interests and department missions. Recent challenges include lake and groundwater contamination by Gelman Sciences (adjacent to the property), streambank erosion, and forest regeneration/succession issues, including invasives.
We will invite SNRE faculty to describe recent research at the site, as well as to discuss how interests and activities on site are evolving with the school from interests in forestry to natural resources to sustainability.
How can the university properties contribute to the larger conservation community by serving as living laboratories of succession and restoration? If time permits, we will also explore Stinchfield and/or the Newcomb tract, additional university properties that also present living laboratory opportunities for the restoration community and illustrate the importance of university properties in the larger landscape.