• Moving pests around inadvertently is just too easy

    February 5, 2016 | Russell Kidd | The unintentional movement of invasive pests such as gypsy moth and emerald ash borer was one of the major ways these insect pests were transferred around Michigan.

  • Foresters available to help detect invasive forest pests

    February 4, 2016 | Julie Crick | Service foresters working from Conservation Districts across northern Michigan are available for site visits to help spot forest dwelling invasive species.

  • Forest sustainability

    February 4, 2016 | Bill Cook | The concept of sustainability increasingly appears in discussions about natural resources, forests in particular. While the concept of sustainability is far from new, the ways in which it has been defined and applied has evolved over time.

  • Seeking foresters

    February 3, 2016 | Bill Cook | Foresters provide valuable expertise in maintaining forest health, forest industry, and all the other goods and services that forests provide. Management is the key. However, foresters come in many breeds.

  • Boring insects are not boring, they’re serious pests

    February 3, 2016 | Russell Kidd | Boring insects are serious pests that can severely endanger tree health and kill a tree. While many species of boring insects are native to Michigan, they rarely cause as much wide-scale damage as an exotic or non-native borers does.

  • Registration now open for Highland Ag and Natural Resources Conference

    February 2, 2016 | Erin Lizotte | Join us March 19, 2016, as we address what’s next for Michigan agriculture production and land management.

  • Thousand cankers disease

    January 19, 2016 | Bill Cook | Michigan black walnuts are threatened by the thousands cankers disease, although the disease is not yet present in the state .There are few black walnuts, but they are important and valuable component of many woodlots and cities in the southern counties.

  • Asian long-horned beetle

    January 14, 2016 | Bill Cook | The Asian long-horned beetle is one of those exotic species that can be serious forest game-changers. It’s in North American but not yet in Michigan. Anyone interested in forests should keep an eye out for this insect.

  • Hemlock woolly adelgid

    January 12, 2016 | Bill Cook | The hemlock woolly adelgid has caused high mortality among eastern hemlock, making permanent changes to forests in many eastern states. The adelgid has reached Michigan several times but early detection has led to eradication.

  • How dense can you get?

    January 11, 2016 | Bill Cook | Forest density is a critical measure that strongly affects forest health, plant composition, stand structure, and ecological function. Forest density is easily measured and can be managed.

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