The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) was founded in 1909.
Crum (1988): This bog, formed by paludification, was burned in 1918. it is now covered by a hummock-hollow, Chamaedaphne complex in its western two-thirds and a wet fen with a sparse growth of Scirpus cyperinus and sedges, as well as scattered clumps of Chamaedaphne in its more severely burned eastern third. There is no black spruce in the bog. Blueberries mingled with Chamaedaphne give evidence of fire. Sphagnum cuspidatum and S. papillosum, both indicative of relatively mineral-rich water, pioneer the wetness of the fen. Dense mats of Polytrichum commune are found at the junction of sandy slope and fen.