Toumey Woodlot is a 24 acre old-growth beech maple forest. The old-growth forest covers approximately 13.5 acres with an additional 10.5 acres of buffer primarly on the southeast corner. Originally acquired by the Bennett family in 1852, the woodland was maintained in a relatively undisturbed state. It was acquired by Michigan State University from the Frank Bennett estate in 1939, and fenced to prevent future disturbance. Generally regarded as an old-growth forest, the woods has been the subject of Forestry Department-sponsored studies initiated in 1940, with observations in permanent quadrats at 10-year intervals. The most important tree species are sugar maple, beech, basswood, black cherry, white ash, and red oak. A permanent pond is located on the east side. It was placed on the National Park Service Register of Natural Landmarks in 1976.
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