Forest Types of Michigan: Jack Pine (E3202-11)

Jack Pine describes the composition, distribution and ecology of jack pine forests, and highlights management, forest health and wildlife habitat issues.

Jack pine is an excellent case study in forest ecology, forest management and sociology. The species’ survival strategy and ecological profile require management systems that are sometimes misunderstood — namely, clearcutting and/or prescribed burning. Nevertheless, management can provide multiple benefits while significantly reducing natural hazards inherent with jack pine ecology. Since much of our jack pine resource has matured and may experience catastrophic fire and budworm outbreaks over the next decade or two, it’s important to take proactive management measures.

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