NRES Departmental Seminar by Mr. Steve Buck, Manager and Research
Technologist in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research's
Committee for Natural Areas at the University of Illinois,
Title: The UIUC Natural Areas: Research sites dedicated to Ecological/Biological research and teaching needs
The University of Illinois owns and manages a collection of eleven off-campus research sites dedicated to serving the research and teaching needs of the campus's Ecological/Biological community. The sites, all within 50 miles of campus, are located in Champaign, Vermilion and McLean Counties, and range in size from 5.3 ha (13.1 acres) to 193 ha (477 acres), with the total area equal to about 393 ha (971 acres). The sites are Brownfield Woods, Trelease Woods, Trelease Prairie, Phillips Tract, Nanney Research Area, CCDC/Collins Woods, Hart Woods, Rutan Woods, Richter Research Area, Vermilion River Observatory and Funk Forest. Together, they represent a range of forest types including "virgin" prairie grove, eastern deciduous, successional/disturbed and floodplain. They also contain reconstructed prairie ranging in age from 10 years to 70 years since establishment. There are also old pasture areas, one to five year successional grass/forb strips and agricultural land. They also offer stream access to the Saline Ditch, Salt Fork River, Embarras River, Sangamon River and Timber Creek.
The permanent, protected status of the sites, the diversity of the ecological communities, and the close proximity to campus all contribute to the use potential for UIUC faculty. Do you need soil samples from pasture/grasslands that haven't been disturbed for 50 years? Are you looking for some 300 year old trees to examine? Maybe a seep oriented insect or a stream section with a population of greenside darters. The Natural Areas have a lot to offer you. During the past five years alone, the Natural Areas sites have been utilized for research by about 120 UIUC faculty, staff and graduate students representing 10 departments from four colleges and 3 institutes. Class/teaching use has resulted in about 9,900 student visits to the sites.
The talk will give an overview of the characteristics of the UIUC Natural Areas and attempt to pique your interest in exploring their research/teaching potential.
Speaker's website: http://www.research.illinois.edu/cna/.