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  • Tiny insects pose huge risk for black walnut trees

    July 20, 2016 | Russell Kidd and Georgia Peterson | Thousand cankers disease (TCD) is not yet in Michigan but has already been discovered in Ohio and Indiana. This fungal pathogen is responsible for spreading TCD, threatening the widespread health of black walnut trees across Michigan.

  • There’s a woodland in your backyard

    July 18, 2016 | Georgia Peterson | Join the Michigan Forest Association and partners in learning about Michigan’s urban and suburban forests.

  • Why am I seeing so many areas of dead trees around the state?

    July 5, 2016 | Mike Schira | Invasive pest species along with several other environmental and human factors are contributing to the decline of our forest and urban tree resources in Michigan.

  • The spread of non-native invasive forest pests pose difficult problems once established in Michigan

    June 14, 2016 | Russell Kidd | Forest pests could create serious problems if Michiganders aren’t vigilant.

  • Heating the Midwest conference coming to Michigan

    June 6, 2016 | Bill Cook | Using sustainable wood product alternatives is a clean, efficient, and local way to heat and cool many of our buildings. Technologies are relatively simple and, in some regions, have proven to be an important economic driver.

  • 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.

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