Alumni Reunion

Mark Your Calendar for August 9-10, 2014

Saturday, August 9  

11 am-2 pm: Site Tours - 1 hour each - leave on the hour

- Long Term Cutting Trial
This tour will examine the effects on productivity and overstory and understory community composition of a demonstrational cutting trial established in northern hardwood forest at the Ford Center in 1958.  The seven treatments include diameters limit cuts of 5, 12, 16, and 22, inches and single tree selection treatments with residual basal areas of 50, 70, and 90 square feet per acre. There is also an uncut control.

- Jack Pine Regeneration Site
This tour will examine the Jack pine forest on the sandy outwash of the Baraga Plains and discuss the fire-dominated disturbance history of the area. 

- Stream Best Management Practices
This tour will inspect BMPs implemented around the Ford Forest and stream monitoring. Various bridges, culverts, and other water management techniques are used to ensure water quality. 

12.30-1.30: Light lunch at Ford Center for purchase
1.30-4.45: Alberta village events

- Historic mill tour
- Facilities tour and poster session
- Flivvers car show
- Research Site Tours – Leave on the hour, 1 hour each, (within 10 minutes walking distance)

Tour 1: Climate C2E2 and Climate Monitoring System (Presenter Joe Wagenbrenner)

Tour 2: Climate C2E2 and Soil Warming Experiment (Presenter Andy Burton)
Examining the impacts of elevated temperature and moisture additions on northern hardwood carbon balance and productivity.

Tour 3: Genetics Trials for Poplar and Oak (Presenter Oliver Gailing)

4.45-5 pm: Convene guests for address
5 pm: Keynote Address 

Robert Kreipke, Ford Motor Company Historian

5.30-7 pm: SFRES Alumni Awards and Pig Roast Picnic
7-9 pm: Live Music and Dancing

Music performed by "Acoustically Challenged"

9 pm-Midnight: Bonfire and storytelling 

Sunday, August 10

7 am: Shuttle to Goose meadow

- Wildlife viewing
- Light hiking

7-10 am: Self-guided tours

- Canoe Lake Plumbago
- Blueberry picking

10 am - Noon: Alumni brunch

Complimentary brunch for alumni and
 their families

Noon - 2 pm: Geomorphology lecture and tour

Geomorphology Lecture and Tour (Mike Hyslop)
This tour will examine the relationships between landforms, soils, and vegetation and discuss the factors that influence forest composition and productivity.  Sites visited will range from northern hardwoods on glacial moraines to Jack pine on xeric outwash plans. 

Register and view details at http://www.mtu.edu/forest/fordcenter/Ford_Center_60th

Or email hwabbott@mtu.edu so we know to expect you!