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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  • Leaves

    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.

  • 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.

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