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  • Beech bark disease

    Published on July 30, 2015
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  • Is it beech bark disease?

    Published on November 11, 2016
    Avoid confusion about this exotic invasion using some basic clues.

  • For sake of forest health it's best not to move firewood

    Published on October 5, 2015
    Michigan State University Extension recommends that firewood should not be transported long distances to be sure forests pests are not unintentionally spread to new areas of the state.

  • Canker diseases on shade and forest trees: Part 1

    Published on January 26, 2017
    Canker diseases on shade and forest trees are quite common but can be a threat to tree health as branch dieback and tree mortality can occur. Because there is no chemical treatment, it can be difficult to deal with a canker disease once it infects a tree.

  • 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.

  • MSU researchers, DNR partner in one of the largest forest diversity studies in the nation

    Published on July 19, 2016
    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers Mike Walters and Gary Roloff are teaming up to study ways to increase sustainability and diversity of Michigan's valuable northern hardwood forests.

  • Pest management: Leave firewood at home this summer

    Published on July 5, 2012
    Because of the potential of spreading forest pests, MSU Extension forestry educators recommend not transporting firewood from home to campsites around the state.

  • Manage your woodlands and landscape today for future success

    Published on March 26, 2014
    Landowners need to be mindful of pests and adopt management practices which will better ensure a healthy forest future.

  • 2016 Competitive Grant Summaries

    Published on August 2, 2016
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  • Exotic forest diseases

    Published on August 8, 2014
    Exotic pests are one of the more serious threats to forest health. While few exotics pose serious challenges, there are some insects, diseases and plants that do. Eradication is possible if small infestations can be detected early.

  • Hauling firewood long distances can spread invasive forest pests

    Published on October 11, 2016
    Fall weather means the start of firewood burning by many Michigan residents. However, cutting and hauling firewood over long distances can contribute to the spread of invasive forest pest populations around Michigan.

  • Autumn leaf discoloration

    Published on September 15, 2017
    Broad-leaved trees often host late season leaf discoloration. The cooler and wetter growing season favors the growth of common leaf fungi.

  • Dormant forests

    Published on November 12, 2015
    One of the best tools to maintain forest health is knowledge. More “eyes” in the forest serves to help catch exotic invaders early and increases the chances of successful eradication.

  • Care in handling firewood reduces the spread of harmful insects and diseases

    Published on February 15, 2012
    The movement of firewood products can inadvertently relocate insects and diseases that can lead to the spread of agents causing death of yard trees and tree mortality in forested areas.

  • Forest exotics: there are many, but some are more dangerous than others

    Published on June 14, 2017
    Forests need our help monitoring for exotic invasive species.

  • What’s up with the trees?

    Published on July 7, 2015
    Forest owners can help diagnose pests in their woodlands by collecting some basic information for forest health experts and, if necessary, providing useful samples.

  • Honeydew fluid comes from sap sucking inscets

    Published on September 4, 2015
    Honeydew is a sugar-laden fluid excreted by certain plant-sucking insects. When these populations build-up, sticky honeydew may drip on nearly everything outdoors.

  • 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.

  • Seeing the forest through the dead trees

    Published on March 24, 2016
    The spread and establishment of invasive forest species such as Emerlad ash borer can alter forest ecology and create far-reaching impacts that go beyond just dead trees.