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.
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.
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.
December 12, 2014 | Mike Schira | Leaving dead and dying trees in a forest ecosystem can have positive benefits.
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.
December 5, 2014 | Bill Cook | A slowly degrading quality of life and sense of place may not be perceived by those who cannot read the landscape and see the signs.
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.
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