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  • Orange paint on a tree.

    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.

  • What can I do with my land?

    Published on January 14, 2020

    There are many factors that play a role in determining what can be done with newly purchased or inherited land from location to acreage to current use.

  • Deer Stand in a tree

    The beauty of commercial forestlands

    Published on November 19, 2019

    Part of the reason Michigan’s Commercial Forest Program is to increase the amount of land available for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Users of these forestlands should be aware of their rights and limitations.

  • Wood chip heat

    Published on November 12, 2019

    As older boilers reach replacement age, it’s well worth considering systems that burn renewable and cost-competitive wood chips. Michigan is well-poised to expand this very environmentally-friendly heating fuel.

  • Forest with fog

    Is the "paperless project" really more environmentally friendly?

    Published on October 25, 2019

    The environmental impacts of items that we use every day can be difficult to fully understand. Protocols exist to assess a “cradle to grave” life cycle of any product, but not everything has been put to this sort of intense examination.

  • Spotted lanternfly adult

    Deny the spotted lanternfly

    Published on October 10, 2019

    Two things you can do to help keep the spotted lanternfly out of nurseries and landscapes.

  • Beleaf it or not logo

    Cool Tools

    Published on October 3, 2019

    Foresters have many clever and amazing tools at their disposal, but how many times have they been used to create music? Welcome the kids from Escanaba.

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