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.

  • Photo 1. Oak wilt symptoms. A) Dying red oak showing foliar wilt symptoms. B) Crack in the bark indicating mycelial mat presence. C) Nitidulid beetle visiting a mycelial mat. D) Gray spore containing mycelial mat and pressure pad. Photos: Monique Sakalidis

    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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