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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  • Beyond stumpage

    January 9, 2015 | Bill Cook | Standing trees have many values, including that of a revenue generator. Wood drives an important part of Michigan’s economy and most of the wood is owned by families and individuals.

  • Logs, sticks, bolts and chips

    January 9, 2015 | Bill Cook | Wood is our most versatile and environmentally-friendly raw material. And, it’s the only renewable raw material.

  • Resolve to get business counseling in the New Year

    December 31, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | The MSU Product Center is the go-to place for food, agriculture, bio-economy, and natural resources-based business counseling.

  • Backpack resource helps translate Michigan’s complex landscape into describable natural communities

    December 29, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | New field guide makes the perfect stocking stuffer for those interested in understanding, describing, documenting, conserving and restoring diverse natural plant communities of Michigan.

  • Help wildlife by encouraging conifers in forest stands

    December 23, 2014 | Mike Schira | Maintaining stands, clumps or even single conifer trees on forested ownerships provides shelter and food sources for a wide variety of wildlife.

  • Thank you to Michigan farmers this holiday

    December 23, 2014 | Melissa Elischer | When you set out your milk and cookies for Santa, bake your ham, eat your vegetables and enjoy a holiday feast, be sure to thank the farmers that brought these products to your table.

  • U.S. National Climate Assessment reports on the science of climate change and its impacts

    December 16, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | U.S. Global Change Research Program assessment presents many examples of how climate change is already affecting and will increasingly affect our lives in the future.

  • Putting a value on trees can be more difficult than you might think

    December 15, 2014 | Mike Schira | Assessing a particular trees value can entail much more than simply its value for pulp, logs or firewood. Aesthetics, wildlife value and additional factors other than simply how much the wood is worth can add value to forestland trees and shrubs.

  • Dead trees have value, too!

    December 12, 2014 | Mike Schira | Leaving dead and dying trees in a forest ecosystem can have positive benefits.

  • Firewood as fuel

    December 5, 2014 | Bill Cook | Firewood is the oldest source of fuel for heating. For many, it remains the optimum choice for personal use. Well-seasoned wood can be an excellent financial and environmental choice.

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