Natural Resources

4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education

Department of Community Sustainability

Gardening in Michigan


  • Economics of Biochar and Feedstock Availability

    Published on December 9, 2021

    In this webinar Dr. Raju Pokharel of the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University discusses some of the issues surrounding the economics of biochar. Some basics of biochar and its applications are discussed at the start. The focus of much of the webinar is feedstock availability and how to utilize feedstocks in such a way as to reduce the transportation costs of biomass. This is particularly relevant to low-value woody biomass coming from the forestry industry, though can be applied to other types of biomass that are available for conversion to biochar. The Q&A session at the end of the webinar addresses questions from the audience as relates to the economics of biochar.

  • Introduction to the Great Lakes Biochar Network and Biochar Basics

    Published on October 28, 2021

    In this webinar you will learn more about the Great Lakes Biochar Network and how you can be involved in strengthening the network. You will also learn more about the basics of biochar, and how it can be used to help create a sustainable bio-economy. There are many stakeholders involved with biochar in the Great Lakes region, and the aim of the GLBN is to strengthen the connections between stakeholders.

  • MSU Sustainable Forest Virtual Field Day

    Published on November 11, 2020

    Forest sustainability is discussed in this virtual field day webinar.

  • MSU Sustainable Forest Virtual Field Day: Nia Becker

    Published on October 15, 2020

    Nia Becker, Conservation District Forester, discusses regeneration of aspen in Michigan's forests.

  • MSU Sustainable Forest Virtual Field Day: Bill Botti

    Published on October 15, 2020

    Bill Botti, former Executive Director of Michigan Forest Association discusses the history of MFA forests and their connection to Michigan State University.

  • MSU Sustainable Forest Virtual Field Day: Dean Reid Regeneration

    Published on October 15, 2020

    Dean Reid, a consulting forester, discusses forest regeneration.

  • Agroforestry: Silvo-pasture Options

    Published on February 26, 2020

    MSU Extension offers participants the opportunity to learn and understand various options of silvo-pasture options.

  • MSU FBIC Spring 2019

    Published on May 10, 2019

    A quick overview of MSU's Forest Biomass Innovation Center after one of the hardest winters ever! We regroup, plan, and recover. We are Spartans!

  • Managing Your Farm Woodlot

    Published on February 13, 2018

    Getting started with managing your farm woodlot.

  • Maple Syrup Production Webinar

    Published on March 1, 2017

    Getting started with maple syrup.

  • Midwest Christmas Tree Production for the Beginner

    Jesse Randall with MSU Forestry discusses beginner Christmas tree production at the 2020 fruit and vegetable meetings held in Ankeny Iowa.

  • Restoring native oak trees

    MacReady Reserve is a demonstration forest that houses an educational trail system where visitors can observe ongoing research and enjoy the environment.

  • MSU Sustainable Forest Virtual Field Day: Dean Reid Select Cutting

    Dean Reid, a consulting forester, discusses northern hardwoods in Michigan's forests.

  • Exploring hybrid-plant energy sources

    Michigan State University researchers are evaluating hybrid poplar trees as a potential woody fuel source for use in short-rotation energy plantations. The poplars can be burned for energy or converted into ethanol.