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.
November 17, 2014 | Bill Cook | “The best way to predict the future is to invent it” – Alan Kay
November 17, 2014 | Bill Cook | Northern hardwood forest types have traditionally been successfully managed using a single-tree selection silvicultural system. However, changes in ecological and social environments have generated the need for alternative management systems.
November 13, 2014 | Mike Schira | Since 1994, over 2,500 individuals have participated in core loggers’ training programs offered in Michigan.
November 13, 2014 | Mike Schira | Is your cottage prepared for wildfires?
October 30, 2014 | Julie Crick | The science behind how trees prepare for the cold winter months with chemical changes.
October 30, 2014 | Julie Crick | The science behind how trees prepare for the cold winter months by dropping their leaves
October 29, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | Funding and technical assistance to prevent, detect, and control terrestrial and aquatic invasive species now available to governmental units, nonprofit organizations and universities planning to go head-to-head with Michigan‘s invasive species.
October 29, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | Researchers looking for survivor trees in wooded areas and forests that were devastated by the emerald ash borer
October 29, 2014 | Julie Crick | Natural resource enterprises and the entrepreneurs that bring them to life were in the spotlight this past October as Michigan State University Extension’s Natural Resource Enterprise team hosted Daryl Jones to speak at two workshops.
October 27, 2014 | Tree identification can be challenging. Many times differing species have similar characteristics. For those in Michigan and nearby states it's easy to tell a white pine from a norway pine from a jack pine. Just check the needles.
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- Master Woodland Steward Program
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- Ties to the Land
- Timber Marketing
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