Michigan has an abundance of forest land that is enjoyed by hikers, bird watchers and hunters. Every year, tons of trash is illegally dumped in Michigan's forests.

The goal of the Adopt-a-Forest program is to enhance the enjoyment of public forest lands by eliminating illegal dumping and to increase the awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found.

Adopt-a-Forest, River and Trail
State forest lands cover 4-million acres and include:

  • 145 Campgrounds with 2,945 campsites
  • 880 miles of hiking, biking, pathways
  • 242 miles of groomed cross-country ski pathways
  • 355 miles of shore-to-shore riding-hiking trail
  • 657 miles of rail-trail converted from railroads
  • 6,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails
  • 3,100+ miles of designated off-road vehicle trails/routes
  • 7,000 miles of canoe streams
  • 13,000 miles of trout waters
  • 500 miles of Great Lakes shoreline
  • 601 water access sites on Michigan's lakes and streams
  • 8,000 miles of state forest roads

Forest, river, and trail maintenance are being planned statewide. For further information, contact your local DNR office or Ada Takacs, volunteer coordinator, at 231-534-5569 or via e-mail, Ada Takacs.

The program is sponsored jointly by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Forest Service, the Michigan Society of American Foresters, and many private organizations.

To Adopt-a-Forest, call 1-888-797-6272 or check out the website