Forest Types of Michigan: What is a Forest Type? (E3202-1)
What Is a Forest Type? It’s one in a series of 19 bulletins Forest Types of Michigan that focuses on 10 forest types that commonly occur in Michigan forests, as well as one bulletin on hybrid poplar and hybrid willow.
People like to classify all sorts of things into categories that make sense to them. Sport fans talk about leagues and tournaments; car enthusiasts discuss sedans, SUVs and pickups; music lovers discriminate between genres. Foresters are no different. They talk about forest types, such as northern hardwoods, swamp conifers, oak-hickory and aspen.
A forest type is a distinct association of tree species distributed across a wide geographical range. The particular associated species are fairly predictable for a given area.