Summary: Afederal grant of nearly $127,000 from
the Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS) enables a critical research
project to locate and assess at-risk plant
communities growing on our four properties.
Part old-fashioned fieldwork, part high-tech
information-gathering, the project is contem-
porary natural history for the long term. It's
also an institution-wide stewardship planning
process--a high priority for us going forward.
The project runs June 2011 through May 2013
and will be supervised by our Natural Areas
Manager Jeff Plakke.
Bog to Woods to Arboretum
The four properties--Matthaei Botanical
Gardens, Nichols Arboretum, Mud Lake Bog,
and Horner-McLaughlin Woods--harbor a
treasure of natural heritage and a rich diver-
sity of ecosystems, from bog to oak savanna
and more. Together they comprise a valuable