ForestMichigan 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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  • Why forest management?

    July 9, 2014 | Bill Cook | Managing a woodland opens a door to lifelong enjoyment and satisfaction. Working with professional advisors can unlock that potential.

  • Forest management assistance

    July 9, 2014 | Bill Cook | Forest ecology and management are more complicated than what many people might think. Hiring a professional forester to assist with management and other forest activities will help achieve desired outcomes and prevent many pitfalls.

  • HOT TOPICNew tip sheets on smart tree selections for communities and landowners

    July 2, 2014 | Bert Cregg | New tip sheets from Michigan State University Extension provide suggestions to increase shade tree species diversity and diminish the impact of new invasive pests.

  • It is OK to cut trees!

    June 6, 2014 | Bill Cook | The common perception that cutting trees causes negative consequences is not supported by science when the harvest is done consistently with sustainable forestry practices.

  • Conservation in question

    June 6, 2014 | Bill Cook | Use of natural resources is essential to our survival. Every material element in our lives was processed from natural raw materials. Managing those resources contributes much to our quality of life.

  • Visual Quality

    May 2, 2014 | Bill Cook | What we see is not necessarily what we get when it comes to healthy forests and forest ecology.

  • Value of log hauling in Michigan

    May 2, 2014 | Bill Cook | Logging trucks are one of the more visible signs of forestry. Yet they are the tip of an iceberg of a major economic, environmental and social sector across the Lake States.

  • March 2014 Landowner Oil and Gas Newsletter available

    May 1, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | The current newsletter features mineral right offers, oil and gas development in Michigan and increasing interest in Michigan's mineral deposits.

  • Oak wilt disease

    April 14, 2014 | Bill Cook | The season for oak wilt is about to begin. A bit of knowledge might prevent a lot of heartache.

  • Regeneration

    April 7, 2014 | Bill Cook | While forest management systems are designed to stimulate tree regeneration, seedlings face new threats to survival.

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