U-M property purchase secures access to Smith’s Fen

The U-M Biological Station is celebrating the addition of 80 acres to its northern Michigan property holdings. “We are extremely excited to acquire and preserve this unique and valuable habitat, and we are grateful to the donors who made it possible,” says U-M Biological Station Director Knute Nadelhoffer.

The property is situated roughly a mile southeast of the Douglas Lake campus. It contains Smith’s Fen, a wetland that U-M Biological Station researchers have been studying for more than a century. They have documented at least 5 species of frogs and salamanders that breed there, the presence of all known species of freshwater sponges native to Northern Michigan, and two species of diatoms that have been found nowhere else on earth.

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