PUTNAM TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says that a 57-acre forest plot it owns northwest of Ann Arbor has become part of a Smithsonian Institution global network for studying forest function and diversity.
The university says the plot is at its 1,297-acre Edwin S. George Reserve, west of Pinckney in Livingston County's Putnam Township.
The school says the plot was added Aug. 12 to the Smithsonian's Forest Global Earth Observatory. The network of inventory plots includes 60 locations in 24 countries.
Preparation for adding the plot to the Smithsonian inventory involved 12 Michigan and Middlebury College students tagging, mapping and measuring every tree greater than 1 centimeter in diameter at chest height.
The school says they inventoried about 45,000 trees.
Project details: http://bit.ly/1tJjLcw
George Reserve: http://sites.lsa.umich.edu/esgr