Enjoy a few poems inspired by research at the Ford Center and Research Forest.
What is a research forest?
A space to observe the natural environment. A place to modify key variables. A laboratory that lives and breathes without walls around it.
At Michigan Tech, we have 5,866 acres of research forest within 50 miles of campus. That means our researchers have a spacious, all-natural lab close at hand to study invasive species, climate change, silviculture, and wildlife behavior.
"Given our changing world, we work to address the challenges in natural resource sustainability through education and training, research, innovation, and outreach."
One particular site, the Ford Center and Research Forest in Alberta, Michigan, is a hub for faculty research, student research, and at 3,700 acres, is Michigan Tech’s biggest classroom. It’s part of the reason the University’s forestry program ranks in the top five in the nation; it’s where students from the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences (CFRES) come each year for the annual Fall Camp; it’s where they conduct senior design projects alongside faculty and industry partners. Overall, more than $2 million of federal and state funding has supported dozens of active research projects at the Ford Center.
A research forest—both organically beautiful and carefully measured— can be hard to capture in words. But there is a reason that nature has inspired haiku poems for hundreds of years. So, here are a few research-inspired haikus about some of the CFRES projects happening at the forest.
Small Mammal Traps
Forest Road Surfaces
run off challenges
pumped and powered sprinklers mist
Controlling the rain is no easy feat, but necessary to study runoff
USDA-NRCS CIG, MTU start-up
take only the top
can logging be like growing
broccoli at home?
Whole-tree logging and modern silviculture to protect trees
NCASI, Weyerhaeuser Company, NHSEED, USDA McIntire-Stennis, USDA-NIFA, USFS, MTU start-up, MTU Ecosystem Science Center
brought from as far South
as deep West Virginia
acorns tell stories
Oaks from around the country could aid Upper Peninsula forest resiliency
Superior Ideas, USDA-NIFA, MTU start-up, MTU Ecosystem Science Center
Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.