Annual RCWO Plant Exchange and Guided Oak Barrens Hike

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Date(s) - 06/19/2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Lowell Township parking lot



  • Jesse Lincoln, Ecologist with Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Bio: Jesse Lincoln works as an ecologist for Michigan Natural Features Inventory. For the past 7 years he has been conducting vegetation surveys on state lands throughout the region. He works with land managers to develop plans that protect rare biodiversity and ecosystem integrity. He lives in Grand Rapids and enjoys exploring the wonderful nature of Michigan.


Native Plant Exchange 

Program Description

The River City Wild Ones Annual Plant Exchange is a fun event where members and guests bring Michigan native plants from their own gardens to share with the group. So, pot up some of your extra plants carefully and please label them by name and moisture/sun requirements. No worries if you are new to natives and don’t have any plants to share. There is always plenty for all!


Plant Exchange Rules of Etiquette:

The purpose of the Plant Exchange is to foster natural landscaping with native plants. Please bring plants to share from your garden that you know to be true native species, please no invasive exotics!

  • Respect Plants – Plants may not get planted immediately, pot them up well so they can survive.
  • Please provide species labels for the transplants and label them with moisture/sun requirements.
  • Respect Yourself – Just starting out? Don’t have plants to bring? Of course you may still take plants! In fact, that is one of the main purposes of the Plant Exchange. We all had to get started somehow, and when native plants start doing really well in your yard, bring some back to share. It is the “Plant It Forward” concept!
  • Respect Others – If there are only a few pots of a particular species, please take only one so that others may have a chance to get one too. 



Jesse Lincoln

Ecologist, Jesse Lincoln will guide us through the Oak Barrens at Lowell Township’s Huckleberry Hills., 2910 Alden Nash Ave SE, Lowell, 49331

Oak barrens is a fire-dependent savanna type dominated by oaks, having between 5 and 60% canopy, with or without a shrub layer. Black oak (Quercus velutina) and white oak (Q. alba) typically dominate the scattered overstory. The predominantly graminoid ground layer is composed of species associated with both prairie and forest communities. Oak barrens are found on droughty soils and occur typically on nearly level to slightly undulating glacial outwash in southern Lower Michigan.
—Michigan Natural Features Inventory 

Lowell Township is lucky enough to own a 10 acre remnant oak barrens with many parts that were likely un-tilled. Less than 1/10th of 1% of this community type remains throughout the state. This is a special site and I have documented 112 native plants there and I am currently working to get it into a conservation easement. It is the best oak barrens I have seen in West Michigan and is regionally important as an ecological reference site. I have been conducting extensive restoration work with the township’s blessing and it is a site that needs its profile raised to ensure prolonged protection.
—Jesse Lincoln    

Read more on Oak barrens here.


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