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  • Degrees of alienation

    Published on September 3, 2013
    Alien species displace native species and disrupt ecological processes. Alien species are also called non-native or exotic species. They are one of the greatest threats to regional forests.

  • Forest sustainability

    Published on February 4, 2016
    The concept of sustainability increasingly appears in discussions about natural resources, forests in particular. While the concept of sustainability is far from new, the ways in which it has been defined and applied has evolved over time.

  • Should local governments regulate outdoor wood boilers? – Part 1

    Published on February 28, 2013
    Although popular and cost-effective, many outdoor wood boilers produce a lot of smoke, creating potential health risks and nuisance complaints. Local governments can reduce that risk though zoning standards.

  • Autumn inspections

    Published on November 28, 2016
    Fall is a good time to inspect a tree for insect borer holes and other damage. With a wet fall, many tree fungi are producing good crops of fruiting bodies, which flag rot pockets inside trees.

  • Wood is warm

    Published on December 4, 2015
    The potential for wood-based thermal energy in the upper Great Lakes states is huge. But it won’t happen overnight and there are many barriers. But others have come a long way. Maybe, we can, too.

  • Hemlock woolly adelgid

    Published on January 12, 2016
    The hemlock woolly adelgid has caused high mortality among eastern hemlock, making permanent changes to forests in many eastern states. The adelgid has reached Michigan several times but early detection has led to eradication.

  • Michigan expands Emerald Ash Borer quarantine

    Published on March 24, 2016
    With the addition of four counties there remain only three counties in Michigan not subject to emerald ash borer quarantine restrictions. Movement of all hardwood firewood and regulated pulp and log material is restricted as a result of the expansion.

  • Let the forest grow?

    Published on August 29, 2016
    Simple questions sometimes have rather complicated answers, and there may actually be several answers or potential outcomes. Forest management is this way, with answers that incorporate far more than just trees or even forests.

  • Reducing federal income tax liability from timber sales

    Published on November 30, 2012
    Forestry experts outline some of the basic tax provisions for income generated from selling timber and point readers to additional on-line forestry taxation resources.

  • Protecting your forest trees and soil during spring thaw

    Published on April 3, 2012
    In many rural areas of Michigan, the effects of snow melt and spring thaw can make the soils in your woodland vulnerable to rutting from vehicle traffic and can damage valuable tree roots attached to trees adjacent to two-track trails and wood roads.

  • The worldly travels pathways of forest insects and pathogens

    Published on November 10, 2015
    How non-native forest pests make their way to the U.S. and to Michigan.

  • Seven important features of a Firewise home

    Published on March 20, 2012
    The Firewise Communities Program provides helpful checklists for Firewise landscaping and construction. Firewise also offers useful tips to prepare your home and protect your family and pets from wildfire.

  • Site selection is important when planting tree seedlings

    Published on December 30, 2015
    Several variables need to be considered when scouting for locations to plant tree seedlings. Soil conditions along with moisture availability, slope, aspect and light availability are among the conditions to factor into the decision making process.

  • Thousand cankers disease

    Published on January 19, 2016
    Michigan black walnuts are threatened by the thousands cankers disease, although the disease is not yet present in the state .There are few black walnuts, but they are important and valuable component of many woodlots and cities in the southern counties.

  • Canker diseases on shade and forest trees: Part 2

    Published on January 26, 2017
    How Michigan residents can help be on the lookout for some of these types of canker diseases and other types of tree problems.

  • Does zoning contribute to forest parcelization? – Part 2

    Published on November 27, 2012
    Michigan forestry professionals recently met to discuss current causes and research about forest fragmentation. Zoning is one of the factors that can influence this issue, both negatively and positively.

  • Forests changing in unpredictable ways due to human intervention

    Published on February 7, 2012
    Climate change as well as parcelization and fragmentation of forest land leading to unknown future for forests.

  • Tips on gathering, drying and storing firewood

    Published on November 30, 2012
    Michigan State University Extension recommends the following tips for getting the most of your firewood this heating season.

  • Boring insects are not boring, they’re serious pests

    Published on February 3, 2016
    Boring insects are serious pests that can severely endanger tree health and kill a tree. While many species of boring insects are native to Michigan, they rarely cause as much wide-scale damage as an exotic or non-native borers does.

  • Forest evolution

    Published on March 4, 2015
    Climate change is certain to create new physical environments for forests. Forests will certainly take on new forms. What, exactly, those forms will be has researchers and resource managers thinking.

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