ForestMichigan 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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  • Oak wilt disease

    April 14, 2014 | Bill Cook | The season for oak wilt is about to begin. A bit of knowledge might prevent a lot of heartache.

  • Regeneration

    April 7, 2014 | Bill Cook | While forest management systems are designed to stimulate tree regeneration, seedlings face new threats to survival.

  • Rutting and the associated root damage can cause long term problems for trees

    March 21, 2014 | Mike Schira | With spring tapping season approaching, woodlot owners need to take care and not cause unnecessary rutting in their forested woodlots.

  • The big picture of forest health

    March 21, 2014 | Bill Cook | Oftentimes, we fail to see the bigger picture regarding forest health and condition. Despite some challenging issues, the forests of Michigan and much of the nation are in reasonably good shape.

  • Keeping forests

    March 21, 2014 | Bill Cook | Maintaining forests has a wide range of benefits to society and the environment. Human preferences and market choices can have unintended consequences to our forest resource.

  • The resource professional as facilitator: Part 2

    March 4, 2014 | Georgia Peterson | This is part 2 of a two-part series on public input processes for natural resource professionals.

  • The resource professional as facilitator: Part 1

    March 3, 2014 | Georgia Peterson | Part 1 of a two-part series on public input processes for natural resource professionals.

  • Faced with climate change, where will trees go?

    February 26, 2014 | Dean Solomon | Two web-based systems help forestry professionals and landowners understand the potential impact of climate change on tree species.

  • Polar Vortex contributes to possible increased wildfire threat

    February 18, 2014 | Mike Schira | Limbs heavily-laden with snow and ice can break off and die increasing fuel loads ahead of our next fire season.

  • North American wildlife model

    February 14, 2014 | Bill Cook | The model was centered on hunting as a management tool and, by extension, largely directed towards game species.

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