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.
Metro Detroiters joining together to grow ‘tree canopies’
Trees play a vital role in urban communities. Trees – or lack of them – affect the health of the environment and the quality of life of the people who live there. That’s why the nonprofit ReLeaf Michigan has spent the last 29 years working with the Department of Natural Resources and other community groups to educate the public about the importance of trees.
Craftsmen produce ‘raw beauty’ from dying trees in Michigan’s urban forests
Live Edge Detroit mills and preserves thousands of unique wood slabs that craftsmen are making into one-of-a-kind tables, shelves, cutting boards, bowls and benches. These are among the many products of Michigan’s forests that we use every day.
Michigan forests vital to threatened species
On warm spring afternoons, rare butterflies dance across small patches of prairie covered with wild lupines. But first there must be fire. The future of the Karner blue butterfly lies with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ intentionally setting fires known as “prescribed burns” to restore the oak savannas that once dominated these landscapes.
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 2.7 times more 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.