The 5,760-acre Dunbar Forest is the largest and second-oldest MSU off-campus facility. The forest hosts long-term genetics and silvicultural studies that have helped advance the science of forest management in Michigan and the Great Lakes region. For example, red pine is the most widely planted commercial forest species in Michigan, occupying more than 850,000 acres. Successful long-term management of this important resource is based, in large part, on research results from the Dunbar Forest.
Dunbar Forest is managed from the Forest Biomass Innovation Center (FBIC) in Escanaba, Mich.
Seventeen Michigan State University researchers and Extension outreach and education specialists have received more than $600,000 in funding from the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture.
MSU fisheries and wildlife professor Michael Jones has been named assistant director of natural resources programs for MSU AgBioResearch. This is a new part-time position within the organization.
George Smith, MSU animal science professor, will serve as acting associate director of MSU AgBioResearch beginning July 1.
MSU AgBioResearch is inviting the public to tour several of its outlying research centers this summer.
Patricia Soranno, MSU AgBioResearch professor of fisheries and wildlife, is helping define the new scientific field of macrosystems ecology.