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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  • Successful modern day logging businesses require efficiency to remain competitive

    February 26, 2015 | Mike Schira | The high cost of today’s state-of-the-art logging equipment coupled with business and environmental regulations require modern logging businesses to develop sound work practices to stay profitable in current competitive market conditions.

  • Evidence of glaciation is everywhere in Michigan

    February 18, 2015 | Julie Crick | Save the date! To learn more about how glaciers helped to form Michigan’s soils and landscape features.

  • Deforestation

    February 9, 2015 | Bill Cook | Mega-trends in forest cover and condition have global and local implications. Deforestation is a threat. However, timber harvest, even clearcutting, especially as part of a management system, is not deforestation.

  • Tracking forests

    February 9, 2015 | Bill Cook | Tracking forest statistics is an essential piece of understanding forest trends. Wood and environmental services from forests are critical to the success and welfare of human society.

  • Breathing wildfire smoke can have serious health consequences

    January 26, 2015 | Elaine Bush | Young children and individuals with heart or lung conditions are especially vulnerable. Learn how to protect yourself and family members from wildfire smoke.

  • 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.

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