Michigan is home to 20 million acres of forestland, supporting more than 125,000 jobs and contributing more than $17 billion to Michigan’s economy. MSU Extension’s forestry programs help landowners become effective stewards of our forests.

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  • Standing dead trees

    Published on April 16, 2020
    Michigan has large volumes of standing dead trees. The distribution varies among species, sizes, and geographically around the state. These stories speak volumes about how these resources are valued.

  • Worried about oak wilt?

    Published on April 6, 2020
    Remember the no prune dates of April 15 – July 15 to reduce the chance of oak wilt infection and spread.

  • Signature Trees Species

    Published on March 16, 2020
    Forest types are largely defined by the dominant tree species within the canopy of a stand. However, the under-story regeneration often varies, sometimes suggesting long-term forest type changes.

  • Online program addresses woodlot management on Michigan farms

    Published on March 3, 2020
    Many Michigan farms include a significant woodlot. Good management can improve your woodlot’s productivity and value.

  • The forest standard time

    Published on March 2, 2020
    Tree growth and forest growth possess an element of time. Humans are often faster-paced and place more emphasis on short-term perceptions. This asynchrony masks a range of benefits.

  • More on red pine

    Published on February 11, 2020
    Red pine has long been a fast-growing, attractive, and relatively disease-free forest tree species. While many natural stands exist, most red pine was planted.

  • Find your natural resource conservation voice!

    Published on February 11, 2020
    Take the next step in conservation by engaging decision makers in natural resource issues.

  • Invasive spotted lanternfly workshop held in Berrien County on March 6

    Published on February 11, 2020
    Anyone that grows or maintains trees, vines or any woody plants should learn about this exotic invasive insect before it appears in Michigan.

  • Silvopasture in Michigan: Lessons learned from 2019

    Published on February 6, 2020
    Investigating the feasibility of silvopasture in Michigan through demonstration sites, conversations and education.

  • The painted forest

    Published on January 22, 2020
    Forest visitors may see trees marked with different colors of paint and cryptic numbers and letters. In most cases, that paint represents timber sale contract specifications.

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