Michigan is home to 20 million acres of forestland, making it one of the ten most forested states. Forty percent of those forests are owned by more than 400,000 individuals and families. Michigan’s forests support more than 125,000 jobs and contribute more than $17 billion to Michigan’s economy annually. MSU Extension forestry programs help landowners become effective stewards, managing their forests for today while preserving those benefits for future generations. MSU educators and researchers also work to increase skills and capacity of state natural resources agencies, landowner organizations and the forest industry.

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  • Michigan’s Upper Peninsula predicted to have increased wildfire potential this spring

    March 26, 2015 | Brad Neumann | After two years with lower than normal risk, much of the upper Midwest is predicted to have higher than normal wildfire risk this April.

  • Landscaping can help prevent losses from wildland fire

    March 20, 2015 | Julie Crick | Learn how simple annual yard cleanup can help prevent wildland fire from affecting structures on your property.

  • Forest management for the birds

    March 20, 2015 | Julie Crick | Tips for attracting the greatest diversity of birds to your forested property.

  • Michigan’s timber industry adopts new operational standards

    March 17, 2015 | Mike Schira | The Michigan forest products industry has adopted the Standard Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)’s new Standards and Rules for 2015.

  • Timber sale income taxes

    March 6, 2015 | Bill Cook | If you had a timber sale in 2014, then take advantage of the IRS rules that minimize the tax bill. If you are contemplating a timber sale in the near future, you might want to take a look at these IRS rules before the sale. Planning ahead can sometimes sa

  • Forest evolution

    March 4, 2015 | Bill Cook | Climate change is certain to create new physical environments for forests. Forests will certainly take on new forms. What, exactly, those forms will be has researchers and resource managers thinking.

  • Successful modern day logging businesses require efficiency to remain competitive

    February 26, 2015 | Mike Schira | The high cost of today’s state-of-the-art logging equipment coupled with business and environmental regulations require modern logging businesses to develop sound work practices to stay profitable in current competitive market conditions.

  • Evidence of glaciation is everywhere in Michigan

    February 18, 2015 | Julie Crick | Save the date! To learn more about how glaciers helped to form Michigan’s soils and landscape features.

  • Deforestation

    February 9, 2015 | Bill Cook | Mega-trends in forest cover and condition have global and local implications. Deforestation is a threat. However, timber harvest, even clearcutting, especially as part of a management system, is not deforestation.

  • Tracking forests

    February 9, 2015 | Bill Cook | Tracking forest statistics is an essential piece of understanding forest trends. Wood and environmental services from forests are critical to the success and welfare of human society.

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