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.
November 14, 2013 | Dean Solomon | Although earthworms are beneficial in gardens and agricultural fields, they are harmful to Michigan’s forests where they are an invasive species.
November 11, 2013 | Georgia Peterson | Black walnuts are not the only edible nut meats found in southern Michigan.
November 4, 2013 | Bill Cook | Woody biomass has a key role in meeting future energy needs. However, it''s often ignored in discussions of renewable energy.
November 4, 2013 | Bill Cook | There are many plant forms living among the trees. Learning about these denizens can add greatly to forest appreciation.
October 31, 2013 | Bindu Bhakta | Planting appropriate vegetation over the drain field is key to allowing a septic system to properly treat household wastewater and ensure the safety of your family and the environment.
October 24, 2013 | Georgia Peterson | Harvesting this hard-to-crack nut is worth the time and effort.
October 16, 2013 | Dean Solomon | The Right to Forest Act helps private forestland owners manage their property without fear of nuisance complaints if they follow generally accepted practices.
October 7, 2013 | Bill Cook | Northern hardwood forests are Michigan's most complicated, common and valuable forest type. Many variables dictate the type of management necessary to achieve a set of objectives.
September 3, 2013 | Bill Cook | Renewable energy discussions often exclude wood as a feedstock. Yet, in many ways, wood has many advantages.
September 3, 2013 | Bill Cook | Alien species displace native species and disrupt ecological processes. Alien species are also called non-native or exotic species. They are one of the greatest threats to regional forests.
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Date: Feb 18, 2014
Location: NOAA Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary: 500 W. Fletcher St., Alpena, MI 49707
Date: Apr 1, 2014 - Apr 6, 2014
Location: MSU Campus, East Lansing, MI 48824
Date: Jul 27, 2014 - Aug 2, 2014
Location: Camp Chickagami, 6952 Kauffman Blvd., Presque Isle, MI 49777
- Biological Control of Insect Pests in Forested Ecosystems (E2679)
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Emerald Ash Borer and Your Woodland (E2943)
- Forest Biomass Innovation Center
- Insecticide Options for Protecting Ash Trees from Emerald Ash Borer (E3075)
- Michigan Forest Biofuels Research
- Michigan Forest Communities - A Field Guide and Reference (E3000)
- Michigan Forest Pathways
- Michigan Forests Forever
- MSU Department of Forestry
- Natural Resources Enterprises
- Oak Wilt in Michigan’s Forests (E3169)
- Woody Biomass for Energy in Michigan (Publication Series: E3085-E3095)