Michigan’s newest old-growth forest is on a college campus

By Emily Bingham
Michigan Live
November 1, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

EAST LANSING, MICH. — A natural area tucked away on the campus of Michigan State University has been inducted into a nationwide network of old-growth forests. MSU’s Baker Woodlot is among the newest places named to the Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization dedicated to highlighting old-growth, native forests across the U.S. Forests recognized in the network are protected, publicly accessible and are among the oldest-known forests in their respective counties. Baker Woodlot is the first forest in the network to be located on a college campus, joining 11 other Old-Growth Forest Network-designated Michigan sites so far. The 78-acre woods has been preserved for more than 160 years and is known for its diversity of both tree ages and species, including large Northern red oaks, tulip poplars, and Eastern cottonwoods, along with American beeches and sugar maples.

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