• BeLEAF It or Not! 7: The Carbon Cycle and the Forest!

    Published on June 26, 2019
    Forests play a big role in Earth’s carbon cycle. Most of life consists of carbon-based molecules. Understanding the role of trees and forests contributes to a better understanding of climate change.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 8: Crowns, Trunks and Roots

    Published on June 26, 2019
    Much of what makes a tree is the basic structure and form. The crown (leaves) does the photosynthesis. The trunk provides advantageous height to the crown and transports food and fluids. The roots provide stability and absorb water and nutrients.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 5: How to identify trees - Part 1 of 2

    Published on June 24, 2019
    Tree identification is a popular hobby and one of the first steps in better understanding our forests. Part 1 of "How to Identify Trees" focuses on various identification characteristics, such as bark, buds, fruits, and leaves.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 1: How does a tree grow? Hint: it's not what you think!

    Published on June 24, 2019
    How do trees grow? The answer may surprise you. Photosynthesis and respiration produce wood, and all the other parts of a tree. Twigs and roots elongate from growth tissue at the tips, and grow wider from growth tissue under the bark.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 4: Logging Products

    Published on June 24, 2019
    The thousands of different renewable forest products all begin with standing trees in the forest. Loggers manufacture a set of raw products from those standing trees, which they purchase from forest owners.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 2: Exploring Vernal Pools

    Published on June 24, 2019
    Vernal pools are more than just puddles. They’re a healthy part of many forest communities in Michigan.

  • BeLEAF It or Not! 3: Mill Products

    Published on June 24, 2019
    Forest product mills produce a wide range of products through primary and secondary manufacturers - products like OSB (chipboard), veneer, lumber, and paper.

  • Powering Michigan Agriculture Webinar Series: Dunklee Family Farm

    Published on May 31, 2019
    Understanding the Dunklee Family Farm and what they have done with their farm.

  • Powering Michigan Agriculture Webinar Series: GDW Farms LLC

    Published on May 31, 2019
    Understanding the GDW Farms and what they specialize in and participating in various topic discussions such as the energy audit process.

  • Japanese Beetles

    Published on April 4, 2018
    The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman, is a native of Japan. It was first found in the United States in New Jersey in 1916. Since then, it has gradually spread westward and has been reported in every state east of the Mississippi River.