Blandford Nature Center provides 143 acres of nature and wildlife reflecting various ecosystems, from mature forests and meadows to wetlands and streams. Ensuring the perpetuity of these 143 acres of natural area is important to the biodiversity of the region. Urban landscapes are often degraded by large populations of introduced, ornamental plant species. Indeed, the plant communities have been inundated with invasive ornamentals such as honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) and buckthorn (Rhamnus spp.) Yet, Blandford Nature Center represents an important vestige of native plant communities; a rare occurrence in urban areas. Management and stewardship will help preserve this landscape as a valuable historic reference point, illustrating the native communities which were once widespread throughout the Grand Rapids region.