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  • Forest industry values

    Published on June 4, 2013
    The Great Lake States grow far more wood than what is harvested each year, contributing to decades-long inventory increases. The choices, by society, about what to do with this growing inventory, involve issues beyond forestry and forest industry.

  • Cottage owners can protect property from next spring’s potential wildfire damage now

    Published on October 3, 2012
    The MSU Extension Firewise program offers tips on how cottage owners can make their property more wildfire resistant as they work to winterize it.

  • Timber sale success: Insights to consider

    Published on January 14, 2013
    Explore advice that will help you avoid an unsuccessful timber sale as well as options available to you if it does goes wrong.

  • Ausable River Estates is Michigan’s first Firewise model community

    Published on February 17, 2012
    After the May 2010 Meridian Boundary fire just a few miles north of 300-acre subdivision, concerned residents of Ausable River Estates contacted MSU Extension to begin the process of becoming a Firewise model community.

  • New Michigan Science Standards adopted

    Published on November 19, 2015
    Michigan – a leader in developing the Next Generation Science Standards – adopts new Michigan Science Standards.

  • New on-line tree selector available

    Published on July 14, 2006

  • Wood energy revisited

    Published on April 13, 2015
    Following a cold winter, now might be the time to consider heating with wood. Wood heat technology goes far beyond the common smoke-belching outdoor burners. It is an efficient, dependable, low-cost alternative to fossil fuels.

  • Oak wilt: what to know about the fungal disease

    Published on June 14, 2017
    Oak wilt is a fungal disease that spreads during the summer. Prevention is better than treatment. Avoid wounding oaks from mid-April through mid-July.

  • Of woods and woodcocks

    Published on May 5, 2013
    Woodcocks are a wonderful signal of the arrival of spring in northern Michigan, but habitat loss is threatening the bird's survival.

  • August is tree check month

    Published on August 19, 2014
    Follow these five steps to spot the Asian longhorn beetle before it spots your trees!

  • Freezing temperatures

    Published on May 30, 2008

  • Natural resource enterprises are discussed at two MSU Extension events in October

    Published on October 29, 2014
    Natural resource enterprises and the entrepreneurs that bring them to life were in the spotlight this past October as Michigan State University Extension’s Natural Resource Enterprise team hosted Daryl Jones to speak at two workshops.

  • Planting choices

    Published on March 10, 2017
    There are millions of plants that could potentially be planted in woodlands, gardens and around residences. Nativity is one factor in selecting species, and exotic is not necessarily a bad choice.

  • Supplemental deer feeding

    Published on January 27, 2014
    With a colder and snowier than usual winter upon us, supplemental winter feeding of deer has been argued by some. However, its effectiveness is not supported by science nor encouraged by professional wildlife biologists.

  • Making maple syrup in your own backyard: Part 1

    Published on March 8, 2012
    In many areas of Michigan, March is often a great time to tap trees to make your own maple syrup. In the first of a two-part series, MSU Extension offers a few tips on tree selection, the tapping process and the collection of sap.

  • Keeping forests

    Published on March 21, 2014
    Maintaining forests has a wide range of benefits to society and the environment. Human preferences and market choices can have unintended consequences to our forest resource.

  • Wood energy challenges

    Published on September 3, 2013
    Renewable energy discussions often exclude wood as a feedstock. Yet, in many ways, wood has many advantages.

  • Help your community become a Firewise model community

    Published on June 26, 2012
    The Firewise Communities/USA program provides information that property owners and communities can utilize to minimize losses during a wildfire.

  • 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.

  • Free workshops in north-central Michigan focus on managing and marketing your woodlot

    Published on February 11, 2016
    If you own a small track of forested land or are a farmer with a small woodlot, these workshops will provide you current information about forest health, woodlot management and the details of having a timber sale.

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