PROJECT BACKUP

 
A FOREST LIKE NO OTHER
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    The Whiting Forest is 54 acres of native Michigan forest, meadow, and wetland.

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    The 2-acre Whiting Orchard reflects Herbert H. Dow's hobby of growing apples.

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    Macauley (Mike) Whiting Jr., president of The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, reflected that as a boy he spent a great deal of time exploring the woods around his house where Whiting Forest now stands. The idea of a canopy walk and getting people up into the tree canopy stems from him wanting to share the experiences he and his brother had growing up in the woods, climbing trees and being active in nature.

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    The project centerpiece is a 1400-foot canopy walk (the longest in the nation), reaching five stories high.

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PROJECT OVERVIEW
PROPERTY HISTORY
1901
The first piece of the Whiting Forest property was acquired by Herbert H. Dow, the founder of the Dow Chemical Company, and his wife Grace.  Herbert indulged in his favorite hobby by planting an extensive apple orchard and digging two ponds for irrigation, which remain beautiful features in the forest.  Herbert and Grace had seven children. Their oldest son, Willard, eventually became the second president of the Dow Chemical Company. 










1947
Ownership passed to Willard Dow. Upon his death, the property passed to his daughter Helen Dow Whiting, and her husband Macauley. The Whitings took great care to create a beautiful home for their six children and continued the apple orchard. When the Whitings retired to Sun Valley ID, they donated the property to the City of Midland. Now owned by the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, it was opened to the public in 2004.




2014
Metcalfe Architecture & Design and Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects (of Philadelphia) began developing plans for construction in the summer of 2014.  Phase one will be completed in 2018 with a partial opening and includes lodge renovations, canopy walk, a forest classroom, and planting of a four-zoned orchard.  The grand opening will take place in 2019 with the addition of an amphitheater and two pedestrian bridges. 





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