Forest Management - Michigan.gov/forestmanagement
Michigan’s 4 million acres of state-managed forest land provide critical habitat for wildlife, valuable resources for a thriving timber products industry, and beautiful outdoor spaces for a variety of outdoor recreation activities.
- At approximately 20 million acres, Michigan ranks 11th in forested acres in the U.S.
- Between the U.S. Forest Service and DNR, Michigan has approximately 7 million acres of public forest land.
- Michigan ranks fourth in U.S. for most timberland (forests available for timber harvest), and first in the northeastern U.S.
- Michigan ranks first in pine acres, third in hardwood acres and third in aspen acres in the northeastern U.S.
- The forest products industry contributes $17.8 billion per year to Michigan’s economy in direct, indirect and induced contributions, and provides more than 87,000 jobs.
- Reforestation is a vital part of the DNR Forest Resources Division’s mission. An average 6 million seedlings are planted on about 6,000 acres of state forest land each year.
- Twenty-nine percent of Michigan forests are certified as sustainably managed – almost 6 million acres.
- Forest Certification
The DNR works hard to administer state forest resources for their many economic, recreational and environmental values. Its commitment to sustainable management has been recognized by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®). Independent auditors have reviewed the DNR’s on-the-ground forest practices against biological, social and economic requirements in the FSC and SFI standards and certified those practices as sound and comprehensive.
The Forest Resources Division has developed a five-year strategic plan to guide decisions and actions governing the health of Michigan’s state forest resources. The goals and objectives of the plan lay the groundwork for meeting the division’s mission and complement the DNR’s overall strategic direction.
Michigan’s Forest Action Plan provides a statewide assessment of forest conditions and trends for all Michigan forest land. The plan focuses on private landowner assistance through cooperative programs for forest stewardship, urban and community forestry, forest health, wildfire management and forest legacy. The planning period for the Forest Action Plan is 2010-2020. The mid-term review if the plan has been completed, as well as an assessment of progress to address National Priorities.
State Forest Management Plan – 2008 (10-year plan) provides strategic direction with goals and objectives for management of Michigan’s nearly 4 million acres of state forest. The plan was amended in 2014. State Forest Management Plan - 2014 amendment (10-year plan).
Regional State Forest Management Plans – one each for the western Upper Peninsula, the eastern Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula – provide landscape-level operational direction for the management of state forest resources for each of 101 management areas in the entire state forest.
How can you get Involved?
- The DNR’s annual compartment review process helps in planning for timber harvests, prescribed burns and other habitat work on state forest land. It is also designed to give people an opportunity to share their opinions on proposed forest treatments. They’re your state forests – we invite you to have a say in the planning process.