Eyes on the Forest and Woodland Stewardship

Date: March 7, 2016 - March 7, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Eyes on the Forest and Woodland Stewardship Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Learn about the possible impacts of the Asian long-horned beetle, hemlock woolly adelgid and thousand cankers disease on Michigan’s forests.

Invasive insect pests can affect human health, agricultural production, aquatic and forest systems, property values and outdoor recreation. These invaders can displace native insect species. Some of the most damaging invasive pests kill the plants or trees they feed on, triggering a cascade of changes that affect other animals and other types of vegetation.

MSU Extension is helping create the Sentinel Trees Network ‒ an extensive network of trained volunteers who agree to “adopt” an individual tree, then periodically monitor and report on the condition of the tree over time. This network should greatly increase the number of people checking on the health of trees in forests, suburbs and urban areas. The more pairs of eyes checking trees, the more likely that new pests or other problems will be detected early before substantial damage occurs.

Learn about our important forest types in Michigan as well as how to manage them. Classification of forest trees and vegetation into forest types helps forest managers decide the best actions to take to reach their goals. Common forest types in Michigan include the sugar maple-beech-yellow birch (northern hardwoods) type, the oak type (black oak-white oak-northern red oak), the pine type (both white pine and other pines), lowland hardwoods and savannahs. Hear about each type including where they occur, how they are managed and how to regenerate them, as well as their wildlife potential and current threats.

Registration online at www.michiganforests.org. Lunch is included in the registration costs.

To find out more information or to register by email, please contact Debra Huff, Michigan Forest Association, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 517-651-5401 or Dr. Georgia Peterson, adjunct assistant professor and Extension specialist, Social Forestry, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 517-353-9435.