Toumey Woods

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Toumey Woods
Toumey Woodlot
Map showing the location of Toumey Woods
Map showing the location of Toumey Woods
Map of Michigan
Location East Lansing, Michigan
Coordinates 42°42′13″N 84°27′54″W / 42.70373°N 84.465°W / 42.70373; -84.465Coordinates: 42°42′13″N 84°27′54″W / 42.70373°N 84.465°W / 42.70373; -84.465[1]
Area 24 acres (9.7 ha)
Designated 1976

Toumey Woods, also called the Toumey Woodlot, is a 24-acre (9.7 ha) tract of Beech-maple forest located on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. 13.5 acres (5.5 ha) of this wooded parcel of property are classified as old-growth woodland, and this subplot was listed as a United States National Natural Landmark in 1976.[2]


Michigan State University (MSU), the owner, reports that the primary old-growth tree species represented within Toumey Woods are American beech and sugar maple. White ash, basswood, wild black cherry, and red oak are also noted.[2]


Many early Euro-American settlers of the U.S. state of Michigan set aside woodlots for personal use. The Bennett family did this when they settled this tract in 1852. The family maintained 13.5 acres (5.5 ha), the future Toumey Woods, in a nondisturbed condition, and sold the woodlot to MSU in 1939. From 1852 until the present, the woodlot has had only two owners.[2]

The woods are named after James W. Toumey, an MSU graduate who later served as dean of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and helped found the Ecological Society of America.


  1. ^ "Michigan State University Campus Natural Areas". Michigan State University. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "Toumey Woodlot". Michigan State University. Retrieved 2010-06-03.