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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    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.

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    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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    BeLeaf It of Not! Video project

    Published on April 26, 2019

    While many other good forestry videos can be found, “BeLeaf It or Not!” targets elementary school classrooms, with a “Bill Nye the Science Guy” approach, about a wide range of forest and forestry topics.

  • 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 5, 2019

    Remember the no prune dates of April 15 – July 15 to reduce the chance of oak wilt infection.

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