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 $16.3 billion per year to Michigan’s economy in direct, indirect and induced contributions, and provides more than 77,000 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.