Environmental Protection

North Campus Woodland Conservation

The North Campus Woods Conservation Program is dedicated to preserving the existing biodiversity and restoring the damaged ecosystems located near and on North Campus. This unique ecosystem gives the university community an opportunity to enjoy natural areas in a largely urban environment.

Since the Americas were settled, a wide array of species has traveled to our continent and discovered their own niche; however, approximately 15% of these species become very harmful to the native landscape. (OTA, 1993)

University staff in Occupational Safety & Environmental Health (OSEH) and Grounds & Waste Management (G&WM) is working with volunteers to remove invasive plant species, specifically Honeysuckle and Buckthorn, in order to preserve the native woodland area that the University is fortunate to have.

To learn more about best management practices concerning water quality, go to the UM-OSEH Storm Water program and discover the linkages between water quality and native vegetation.

NCWC would like to thank the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation Division (NAP) and the Southeastern Michigan Stewardship Network for providing a wealth of knowledge in the area of ecological restoration and invasive plant species removal to this program and to this website.

Volunteer Program

Volunteers are asked to come out at least once per semester and remove invasive plants. We encourage student groups, fraternities, and sororities to consider a group outing which you can organize with the head of the program, Tony Shourds.

Spring 2014 has been scheduled.

Become a volunteer!

Contact Tony Shourds at tshourds@umich.edu and keep your eyes peeled for our ads for this semester’s planned outing!

Additional Information

The following information links relate to the North Campus Woods Conservation program, invasive plant species, and native landscaping.

NCWC Calendar
Spring 2014 has been scheduled.

Useful External Links