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Newcomb Tract

42.4111, -83.9004
a half mile east of Stinchfield Woods on the other side of the Huron River, a 5 mile drive between entrances. It is bound by Baseline Lake to the North and Huron River Drive to the west, and the Michigan Sailing Club to the east Webster Township MI 48130 US
Site Overview: 
Newcomb Tract includes a large variety of habits within a relatively small area, including shoreline along the Huron River and Bass lake (approximately 5,000 linear feet), a small 3-acre lake surrounded by forested property, about 50 acres of hardwood forest with different management history, 51 acres of old fields, and 10 acres of open areas surrounding the farmhouse. The forests include Scot’s pine (Pinus sylvestris), white pine (Pinus strobus), Norway spruce (Picea abies), and larch (Larix sp.), as well as red oak (Quercus rubra) and white oak (Quercus alba) on the uplands. Wildlife is likely similar to Stinchfield, but with the inland lake and shoreline habitats, herps are also likely an important resident of Newcomb Tract.
Site History: 

The 206 Acre Newcomb Tract was purchased in 1929 from William W. and Esther M. Newcomb, originally intended as a site for an observatory. It was used for at least 19 years for ornithological and limnological studies by the Department of Zoology. In 1949, 80 acres of it was managed by the School of Natural Resources, which used the farm buildings and a nursery as headquarters for the forest management of Stinchfield Woods. In 1951 the adjacent 33 acre forested Murdock tract was also acquired, and remained a hardwood stand. SEAS now manages all 247 acres.