Stinchfield Woods, northwest of Ann Arbor off North Territorial Road, is a larger area where training in forest and sustainable ecosystem management takes place. The land was acquired in piecemeal fashion beginning in 1925. Now it comprises 777 acres of rolling hills reforested with hardwoods and evergreens. It serves as a field research area for demonstration of forest and sustainable ecosystem management for SEAS faculty and students.
Stinchfield Woods was deeded to the U-M in memory of the Jacob and Charles Stinchfield of Detroit. The Stinchfield brothers were descendants of the lumbermen that harvested Michigan’s giant white pine in the nineteenth century.
Public use of Stinchfield Woods may occur from dawn to dusk only. Further,
- No vehicles may park in front of the access gate
- No vehicles or bicycles are permitted on-site except those approved for research and teaching
- Dogs must be on a leash
- Cutting or collecting of plants and hunting or harming of vertebrates are not permitted
For a map and directions, click here.
Stinchfield Woods is largely forested, though with some old fields as well as open areas near the telescope and radio transmitting tower and by the gravel pit. Forests include 281 acres of native hardwoods (mixed oak-hickory forest) and 372 acres of conifer plantations, which were planted after acquisition on cleared land and on low quality or poorly stocked hardwood sites. These plantings include red pine, white pine, scots pine, and jack pine; red cedar, white cedar, sugar maple, Douglas fir, Norway spruce, European larch, Japanese larch, Jeffery pine, Australian pine, and ponderosa pine.
Soil: Major soil types found on the site include:
- Adrian muck
- Blount loam, slope, 0-2%
- Boyer loamy sand, 0-6% slope
- Boyer loamy sand, 6-12% slope
- Boyer loamy sand, 12-18% slope
- Boyer loamy sand, 18-25% slope
- Boyer loamy sand, 25-40% slope
- Fox loamy sand, 18-25% slope
- Houghton muck
- Morley loam, slope 18-25%
- Oshtemo loamy sand, slope 0-6%
- Oshtemo loamy sand, slope 6-12%
- Spinks loamy sand, slope 0-6%
- Spinks loamy sand, slope 18-25%
- Wasepi sandy loam, slope 0-4%
Topography: Elevations range from 880 to 1058 feet above sea level (the top of Peach Mountain, the highest point in SE Michigan). The variable elevation creates slopes which average 30 degrees for a 200 foot run. The topography reflects the effects of glaciation, including kames, moraines, and outwash areas. There is no surface water (lakes or streams) due to naturally draining topography and well drained soils.
Caretaker's house, pole barn with meeting space and bathroom, and 2 observatory buildings