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      Biosphere Reserve Information

United States of America


  General Description   The University of Michigan Biological Station and Biosphere Reserve is located at the northern tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan on the southern shore of Douglas Lake. Since its establishment in 1909, the biological station has continually served as an instructional and research center for students and scientists from all around the world.
During this long research history, natural ecosystems in the area have been monitored in numerous experimental plots and control areas. With its excellent research facilities, the station has also an important education function and receives about 150 students for courses every summer.
The biosphere reserve is located in the northern hardwood forest ecosystem and comprises forests of beech-maple and successional stages of aspen, oak, and pine on the better-drained soils. Moister habitats have spruce, fir, and cedar forests. Wetlands include bogs, fens, swamps, marshes and numerous lakes. The region has a rural character with generally low population and with tourism as major industry.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed deciduous-coniferous forests
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   4534'N; 8440'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   4,048
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +183 to +280
  Year designated   1979
  Administrative authorities   University of Michigan Biological Station University of Michigan

Last updated: 09/06/2007

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