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Online Program: Big Trees: How to Measure, Track, and Manage

Online programming

March 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: Free
March 15, 2021 Big Trees: How to Measure, Track, and Manage Ted Reuschel and Jacqueline Corteau
The Michigan Botanical Club developed and maintains the Michigan Big Tree Register. In tonight’s program, Big Tree Program Coordinator Ted Reuschel describes how trees are nominated, measured, and certified for entry in the Big Tree Register, and how the register data is kept up to date. He will explain the factors affecting growth and leading to potential big tree status, and hence where new champions are most likely to be found. Following the presentation, ecologist Jacqueline Courteau will facilitate a discussion about how Big Trees should be protected and managed, starting with a case study of the champion chinquapin oak (Quercus muehlenbergii) at Wurster Park. She will present data about seedlings and saplings that have grown near this tree after a no-mow zone was instituted, and will consider questions about best management practices: how do we balance the need to minimize competition so that big trees can continue to thrive, while also allowing advanced regeneration to preserve the genetics of these magnificent trees? We hope to engage the audience in a lively discussion about how to balance present protection with future potential.
Michigan Botanical Club Huron Valley Chapter programs (MBC) are free and open to all. However, program attendees are encouraged to become a member of MBC in order to  support its mission, which is to dedicated to the discovery, study, and protection of Michigan’s rich flora. Click here for MBC membership information.
NOTE: This is an online program conducted via Zoom.
Ted Reuschel is a graduate of Michigan Technological University, receiving a degree in Forest Management in 1964. He then spent his entire career with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in the management of Michigan’s state forests, having worked in field locations in the counties of Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Houghton, Benzie, Leelanau, and Manistee. His final years were spent in administration and state forest oversight in the Lansing headquarters. In retirement, he found opportunity to continue to pursue his love of the outdoors and forests by joining, and finally coordinating the Michigan Big Tree Program. He also enjoys biking, kayaking, hiking, camping, and penning books and articles on his interests and adventures.
Jacqueline Courteau received her Ph.D. in Ecology from University of Michigan, worked for Michigan Natural Features Inventory briefly, and now runs her own natural resources consulting business (NatureWrite LLC). She has done ecological research, assessment, and monitoring for organizations including the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, Washtenaw County Parks, and City of Ann Arbor Natural Areas Program. She started collecting acorns and growing oak seedlings in 1996 for research on oak regeneration, and has been squirreling away acorns ever since. She enjoys visiting Michigan’s Big Trees (especially oaks) and is trying to collect acorns and grow on her property all of Michigan’s native oaks (so far she has 7 of 11 species).
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March 15, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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