Forestry

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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  • Timber harvest methods

    September 4, 2014 | Bill Cook | Forests require disturbance to regenerate. How, what, when and why can be management decisions with a purpose, or they can be subject to random natural events.

  • Forestry provides long-term gain: Part 3

    August 26, 2014 | Julie Crick | Investing in and profiting from sustainable forestry.

  • Forestry provides long-term gain: Part 2

    August 22, 2014 | Julie Crick | The benefits of managing Michigan’s forests.

  • Forestry provides long-term gain: Part 1

    August 20, 2014 | Julie Crick | Maximize the Return on Your Forest Management Investment

  • Exotic forest plants

    August 19, 2014 | Bill Cook | Exotic pests are one of the more serious threats to forest health. While few exotics pose serious challenges, there are some insects, diseases and plants that do. Eradication is possible if small infestations can be detected early.

  • August is tree check month

    August 19, 2014 | Julie Crick | Follow these five steps to spot the Asian longhorn beetle before it spots your trees!

  • Exotic forest insects

    August 8, 2014 | Bill Cook | Exotic pests are one of the more serious threats to forest health. While few exotics pose serious challenges, there are some insects, diseases, and plants that do. Eradication is possible if small infestations can be detected early.

  • Exotic forest diseases

    August 8, 2014 | Bill Cook | Exotic pests are one of the more serious threats to forest health. While few exotics pose serious challenges, there are some insects, diseases and plants that do. Eradication is possible if small infestations can be detected early.

  • Spruce-fir looper in Fraser Fir

    July 31, 2014 | Jill O’Donnell | Spruce fir loopers feed on needles and heavy defoliation could affect the appearance of Christmas trees.

  • Why forest management?

    July 9, 2014 | Bill Cook | Managing a woodland opens a door to lifelong enjoyment and satisfaction. Working with professional advisors can unlock that potential.

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