Forests and trees have a big impact on your life.
Carefully managed and sustainable forests are not only essential to a healthy global environment, they're essential to Michigan. That’s why we take care to keep our forests healthy and abundant – so there is a balance between the needs of the forest and the needs of all that depend on it. Because every branch of forestry ensures that future generations will always have a tree for life, and forests for a lifetime.
- Ensuring the future of Michigan's forests
In Michigan, our lives are deeply rooted in the forests all around us. The state’s Department of Natural Resources is committed to sound forestry practices to ensure those forests are here for generations to come, and last fall it received national attention for its work in sustainably managing the nearly 4 million acres of state woodlands. Michigan’s future can be found in its trees.
- Unforgettable things to do this winter in Michigan
Thanks to Michigan forests, the outdoor fun continues all winter-long for families, couples and adventure-seekers. Find out where the best places in Michigan are for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, elk watching, or waterfall seeking after the white stuff arrives.
- Origami tree
How to make an origami tree
Make an origami tree using this template with step-by-step instructions!
- Family has roots in Michigan forests
A massive 1930s-era log cabin will soon be converted to a museum dedicated to Michigan's history of forestry, which is the science, art and practice of sustainably managing forests and all their resources. The museum, located in the Pigeon River Country State Forest near Gaylord, will feature an exhibit on one of Michigan's forestry pioneers, Herman Lunden.
What exactly is forestry?
Forestry is the science, art and practice of sustainably managing forests and all of their resources for the benefit of humans, wildlife and the environment. Sound forestry decisions consider the current and future health of the forest and strive to ensure that they will be available for generations to come.
Forests can't do it alone. They need our help.
Forests are much healthier when they are actively managed, which includes cutting trees, planting new ones, fighting disease and monitoring/controlling invasive species. Active management of the forests is essential to responsible environmental stewardship.
Why is forestry important to Michigan?
Sustainable and healthy forests are an important asset to every Michigan resident. The practice of forestry not only manages disease and promotes the growth of new trees, it also creates healthier habitats for wildlife and gives us a place to hike, camp, hunt, fish and make memories. Trees also provide for many of the wood products we use every day and contribute to the strength of our communities - providing more than 96,000 jobs and contributing over $20 billion to our economy!
Will Michigan run out of forests? Not on our watch.
Trees are a renewable resource. In fact, Michigan's forests are growing considerably faster than they are being cut - each year about twice as much wood is grown than harvested! The Department of Natural Resources follows a set of rules to protect the forest and makes sure the right amount of trees are cut down to balance the needs of people and animals.
Michigan gets good grades in forestry.
Michigan's forests are certified by Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council standards. This rigorous, independent third-party certification means you can trust that the products you purchase originate from well-managed forests and have been manufactured responsibly.