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  • Foresters available to help detect invasive forest pests

    Article

    Published on February 4, 2016
    Service foresters working from Conservation Districts across northern Michigan are available for site visits to help spot forest dwelling invasive species.

  • Season of harvest

    Article

    Published on November 5, 2015
    Choosing the right season to harvest your timber can be critical, make sure you know the righ choice for your forest.

  • Stone kilns used to produce charcoal in the 1800’s still visible in Michigan today

    Article

    Published on December 8, 2015
    During the height of Michigan’s iron boom, charcoal was the main fuel used to fire the blast furnaces to smelt iron.

  • Carrying capacity

    Article

    Published on August 5, 2015
    The term carrying capacity, applied to a wildlife population, can invoke a cascade of values, selected science, and controversy. Teasing apart the elements of acrimony is an exercise in critical thinking.

  • Estimating timber volume

    Article

    Published on April 10, 2017
    Trees contain wood volume and forest management necessitates the manipulation of stand density and associated tree volumes.

  • Northern hardwoods

    Article

    Published on October 7, 2013
    Northern hardwood forests are Michigan's most complicated, common and valuable forest type. Many variables dictate the type of management necessary to achieve a set of objectives.

  • Work doesn't stop for forest owners during winter

    Article

    Published on February 4, 2012
    Winter is a great time to prepare for spring and finish much-needed background work.

  • Conservation in question

    Article

    Published on June 6, 2014
    Use of natural resources is essential to our survival. Every material element in our lives was processed from natural raw materials. Managing those resources contributes much to our quality of life.

  • Got timber?

    Article

    Published on September 4, 2015
    Things to consider when thinking about selling timber.

  • The big picture of forest health

    Article

    Published on March 21, 2014
    Oftentimes, we fail to see the bigger picture regarding forest health and condition. Despite some challenging issues, the forests of Michigan and much of the nation are in reasonably good shape.

  • The important role of photosynthesis

    Article

    Published on April 9, 2013
    Photosynthesis is not just about oxygen production it is also about energy production.

  • Timber sale income taxes

    Article

    Published on March 6, 2015
    If you had a timber sale in 2014, then take advantage of the IRS rules that minimize the tax bill. If you are contemplating a timber sale in the near future, you might want to take a look at these IRS rules before the sale. Planning ahead can sometimes sa

  • Timber harvest methods

    Article

    Published on September 4, 2014
    Forests require disturbance to regenerate. How, what, when and why can be management decisions with a purpose, or they can be subject to random natural events.

  • Benign neglect

    Article

    Published on November 17, 2014
    “The best way to predict the future is to invent it” – Alan Kay

  • Lake States forest renewal: Understanding the process

    Article

    Published on July 27, 2012
    In the Lake States, nearly all forest regeneration is achieved through natural means and is assisted by manipulating environment conditions to enhance tree regeneration.

  • Caring for seedlings in the wake of tree planting

    Article

    Published on October 31, 2012
    Tree planting and plantation establishment involves more work that the act of putting trees in the ground. Pre-work and post-work are essential to success.

  • Wind is essential to natural processes

    Article

    Published on March 30, 2017
    Whether it’s a blowing winter gale or a soft summer breeze, the wind has an effect on the ecology of plants and animals.

  • Michigan Forest Association supports interests of woodland owners

    Article

    Published on August 1, 2017
    The largest share of Michigan’s forest area is owned by individuals. Some of these individuals belong to an association dedicated to the care of these woodlands, and their owners.

  • Visual Quality

    Article

    Published on May 2, 2014
    What we see is not necessarily what we get when it comes to healthy forests and forest ecology.

  • Tracking forests

    Article

    Published on February 9, 2015
    Tracking forest statistics is an essential piece of understanding forest trends. Wood and environmental services from forests are critical to the success and welfare of human society.

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