Places to Visit
We have found that learning about natural communities and being able to identify them is facilitated by visiting benchmark examples across the range of variability of the natural community types throughout their distribution. In this slideshow, we provide photos of some of the best remaining examples of select natural communities. Within the natural community classification, we include a section entitled “Places to Visit” where we provide examples of representative sites for each natural community type. We have tried to include sites that are easily accessible, either on public lands or on lands accessible to the public (e.g., land trust preserves). Users interested in visiting sites highlighted here are advised to contact listed land conservancies about access to their preserves, directions, and maps.
Cohen, J.G., M.A. Kost, B.S. Slaughter, D.A. Albert, J.M. Lincoln, A.P. Kortenhoven, C.M. Wilton, H.D. Enander, and K.M. Korroch. 2020. Michigan Natural Community Classification [web application]. Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University Extension, Lansing, Michigan. Available https://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/communities/classification. (Accessed: December 8, 2023).