Exhibit Details

This Exhibit provides information about the three main types of forest in Sunfish Lake Park. The forest type location map is from the City’s 2015 Forest Management Plan, that document is linked below. The forest is a living ecosystem, so any detailed map is soon outdated.  This exhibit was originally  prepared in 2018 by Ian Dorney, one of our first Board members, who was a college student at the time. Additional items have been added.

At one time it was thought that part of the and now occupied by Sunfish Lake Park had been “Oak Savannah”, which is a description of an area mid-way between prairie and oak forest with a cover  canopy of 10-50% oak. No real evidence has been found to substantiate that supposition. Current classification of much of Sunfish Lake Park is now FS-37  or “oak maple upland forest which depends  on an occasional fire to maintain its nature”

The diorama showing the Carpenter Ants (3D printed by intern Lucas Shriver) digging into a log (papier-mache model by Board member John Neitge) is representative of the breakdown mechanism of dead trees in the the forest. The ants tunnel through the wood, and then woodpeckers make holes to try to catch the ants. In Sunfish Lake Park, the big squarish holes are made by the Pileated Woodpecker.  

What good are invasive species? One use for buckthorn wood is for woodturning and carving craftwork, as shown here. The vase is by Todd Williams, the spoon by John Neitge

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