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  • Collecting and Preserving MSU Entomology Bug Traps 2019

    MSU FBIC employees assist with a diverse array of projects on the station and in the UP. Nick and Mitch collect insect survey traps across the UP to look for invasive pests and collect population information on other native insects. The project's lead Investigator is Deb McCullough based out of East Lansing MI.

  • Logs to Lumber at MSU

    Follow the process from woods to sawmill to lumber. MSU FBIC is salvaging white ash from a small area that will become a new sugarbush in the future. The trees will die from emerald ash borer in the near future and would fall on the sap mainlines and lateral lines. Watch Mitch, Kile, and Antonio load and mill ash!

  • 1st Snow

    The first snow of the year has fallen on the MSU FBIC station.

  • Wire Fence Installation Video

    Installing secondary fence around two areas to protect research seedlings from deer.

  • Harvesting Ash - Spring 2019 at MSU FBIC

    Nick with MSU FBIC harvesting ash trees as part of ongoing forest management activities at the Research Station. Video Shot and Produced by Antonio Sanchez

  • Large Deer Exclosure Maintenance

    MSU FBIC employees repair winter damaged deer exclosure netting, install 3D electric fencing to deter deer, and install permanent gates to protect research plots.

  • Miscanthus Harvesting Spring 2019

    Spring 2019 harvest of dried Miscanthus stems which will be run in the hammer mill and then thru the pelletizer. Waste stream on the Station to a dense heat energy source. Video Shot and Produced by Antonio Sanchez.

  • 1st Ever MSU FBIC Community Hog Roast

    MSU FBIC hosted the first hog roast to meet the station's neighbors and forestry research and extension partners. FBIC is evolving to meet the needs of local, state, tribal and federal forestry partners and the private landowners in the Upper Peninsula. This hog roast is slated to be an annual spring event that we hope to grow over the years.

  • 2019 Maple Confections School

    MSU FBIC hosted a Maple Confections school for Michigan Maple Producers Association members in Bad Axe MI. Steve Childs, Cornell Maple Specialist was the keynote speaker. the daylong event featured several value added maple products.

  • Selective Removal of Ash in Future Maple Syrup Stand

    The 2019 MSU Forest Biomass Crew gets some chainsaw time in on ash trees that are dying from EAB and are in the way of the new Maple syrup mainline and tubing system.

  • Weed Barrier and Mulch

    Installing weed barrier fabric and applying mulch to the chestnut seedlings. These two things reduce weed competition and soil temperatures around the root zone as well as increases soil moisture. All things that improve growth and survival of young trees.

  • Preparing Chestnut Cultivar Trial Area for Planting

    In Spring 2019, MSU FBIC will install a cultivar trial to test 18 cultivars of edible chestnuts for survival, growth, winter hardiness, and production capacity. Follow the series as we prepare, plant, and grow chestnuts at the Center. Video Shot and Produced by Antonio Sanchez.

  • GLBRC Deer Exclosure Construction

    6/27/2019 GLBRC deer exclosure construction on tree replanting areas. Field researchers take the day to work with MSI FBIC staff to exclude deer from trial areas.

  • Soybean Trial Buffer Video

    MSU FBIC has partnered with MSU UPREC to host a soybean variety trial. The 2019 trial will also include a paired outside the fence planting to show deer browse pressure.

  • Dunbar Red Pine Harvest Video

    MSU FBIC crew showcases the 2019 Dunbar harvest that occurred near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Harvesting is the first step in the process of providing telephone poles, saw timber, and pulp into the regional market. It is also the first step in regenerating the stand. These harvested areas will be evaluated for natural regeneration and replanted if needed.

  • MSU FBIC from spring to fall

    The most recent video from MSU FBIC shows the changes at the station thru the seasons from April, July, and October.

  • Dunbar Forest Inventory

    MSU FBIC oversees the 5700 acre Dunbar Forest in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Along the St. Mary's River the crew manages the timber for future research and education. This video shows the two man crew inventorying the various stands during summer 2019. Their work will set the stage for the next 5 years of timber harvests on the forest.

  • Updated Chestnut Plantation Video

    Updated Chestnut Plantation Video

  • New Sugarbush Walkthrough

    MSU FBIC is working to install a Research and Demonstration Sugarbush. This is the initial walk through with Joe Polak of Maple Hollow. FBIC Director Jesse Randall and Joe discuss mainline layout, tank locations, mainline tube size, and controlling unwanted vegetation. follow along as this will be a recurring series as the MSU FBIC sugarbush takes shape.

  • Spring at MSU FBIC 2019

    A quick overview of MSU's FBIC station spring 2019. Following the hardest winter in the last 50-75 years that station is making recovery plans and move forward. Look back and follow us as we provide Video updates.