Forest Management -

  • 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.

    Forest Facts

    • 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

    Image of a ForestThe 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.

Guiding Documents

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.

Advisory Groups