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.
May 15, 2013 | Georgia Peterson | Having clear goals for your forested land is critical in developing a forest management plan for your property. It’s easier to define those goals by answering a few simple questions.
May 15, 2013 | Brad Neumann | Wildfires are common in Michigan, and individuals and local governments both play roles in addressing wildfire mitigation and protection to make communities safer.
May 12, 2013 | Russell Kidd | Every spring, homeowners should inspect their property to eliminate hazards that can burn their homes and damage their property from spreading wildfires.
May 12, 2013 | Russell Kidd | The spring season is an excellent time to venture into Michigan’s vast forestlands to enjoy many of the plants, wildlife, mushrooms and other elements of a forest ecosystem.
May 5, 2013 | Mike Schira | Frozen ground combined with freezing winds and drying sun is causing “winter burn” to the foliage of conifer trees across many parts of Michigan. These negative weather-related impacts are most noticeable in open grown trees or along the state’s main roads
May 5, 2013 | Bill Cook | Woodcocks are a wonderful signal of the arrival of spring in northern Michigan, but habitat loss is threatening the bird's survival.
April 13, 2013 | Kendra Wills | Many Earth Day events give youth a chance to create positive change.
April 9, 2013 | Bill Cook | Photosynthesis is not just about oxygen production it is also about energy production.
April 9, 2013 | Russell Kidd | Spring is an excellent time for forest landowners to plant trees on their property for timber production or to enhance wildlife habitat. Understanding some basic tree planting guidelines will help increase the survival and growth of planted seedlings.
April 4, 2013 | Russell Kidd | The spring wildfire season is delayed because of lingering snowstorms. However, homeowners should inspect their property to eliminate hazards that could lead to the can burn their homes and damage their property from spreading wildfires.
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- Biological Control of Insect Pests in Forested Ecosystems (E2679)
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Emerald Ash Borer and Your Woodland (E2943)
- Firewise Resources
- 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)