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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  • Oak leaves showing oak wilt symptoms

    Smart Gardening to prevent oak wilt

    Published on August 9, 2019

    Learn to recognize oak wilt and how to prevent and control this devastating disease. A timely response can mean the difference between losing one tree or many.

  • A machine picking up a pile of logs that were cut and bundled together.

    Getting the Wood Out

    Published on July 26, 2019

    Loggers and logging are essential to the success of our society and forest environments. Yet, like many occupations, most people are unaware of the of the job description and the people that spend their lives working in the field of logging.

  • a picture comparing a canopy of trees

    Doing the right thing

    Published on July 2, 2019

    Managing a forest is an exercise in both personal gain and providing benefits for many others, including a raft of wildlife species. Our forests require tending in order provide most of the goods and services that we expect.

  • Exploring northern hardwoods

    Published on May 29, 2019

    “Northern Hardwoods” are forests dominated by tree species such as sugar maple, red maple, basswood, hemlock, and yellow birch. This forest type is the most common in Michigan and, arguably, the most valuable in many ways.

  • Woods.

    The role of fire in forest ecosystems

    Published on May 15, 2019

    Most people learn early on in life that fire is a bad thing, having been warned of its dangers by their parents, or perhaps learning the lesson first-hand from sitting a little too close to a campfire.

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