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  • Asian longhorned beetle vs. white-spotted pine sawyer: Spot the difference

    May 25, 2016 | Russell Kidd | The Asian longhorned beetle could be more devastating to Michigan’s forests than the emerald ash borer.

  • Harvest readiness

    May 23, 2016 | Bill Cook | Timber harvest provides an essential set of raw materials to society. Tree selection, timing, practices, and purpose behind harvesting are critical elements in forest sustainability. But, when is a forest ready for harvest?

  • Spring is a good time to take a close look at your woods

    May 5, 2016 | Russell Kidd | Many people like to walk through the woods during the spring looking for Morel mushrooms or spring wildflowers. Take this opportunity to take a closer look for any signs of invasive pest problems.

  • Food chains

    April 11, 2016 | Bill Cook | We can’t always see important structures that underpin our society and economy. Taking jargon from basic ecology, producers and consumers, forestry would stake territory among the producers, where it’s not always pretty, but it’s essential.

  • Oak wilt disease

    April 11, 2016 | Bill Cook | Mid-April to mid-July is the season to avoid wounding oaks. Oak wilt is an exotic disease causing increased levels of mortality in Michigan. Once in an oak stand, the disease will kill most of the oaks and treatment is expensive.

  • Green isn’t always good

    March 29, 2016 | Georgia Peterson | Those first signs of spring can reveal exotic invasive shrubs.

  • How to keep herbicides out of groundwater and surface water

    March 29, 2016 | Christina Curell | Six field practices can protect water quality from herbicide applications.

  • Michigan expands Emerald Ash Borer quarantine

    March 24, 2016 | Mike Schira | With the addition of four counties there remain only three counties in Michigan not subject to emerald ash borer quarantine restrictions. Movement of all hardwood firewood and regulated pulp and log material is restricted as a result of the expansion.

  • Seeing the forest through the dead trees

    March 24, 2016 | Russell Kidd | The spread and establishment of invasive forest species such as Emerlad ash borer can alter forest ecology and create far-reaching impacts that go beyond just dead trees.

  • Uphill battles

    March 8, 2016 | Bill Cook | Wood-based district energy grids and wood-based home/commercial heating are the lowest hanging fruits on the renewable energy tree. Michigan offers huge potential to benefit thousands of citizens, hundreds of businesses, communities and the environment.

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