David Fisher, Unit Manager
231-745-4651 x 6946
The Cadillac Unit manages over 235 thousand acres of state forest lands in Missaukee, Osceola, Lake, and Wexford Counties; provides wildfire protection for over a million acres of state and private land in the above counties as well as portions of Mason, Oceana, Newaygo and Mecosta Counties.
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Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on current management strategies and specific State Forest compartments
The Open House: Your Opportunity to Participate
Each year, management recommendations are presented at open houses. As the name implies, open houses are informal sessions that give citizens an opportunity to speak with foresters, wildlife biologists, and other resource professionals. The inventories, compartment maps, and recommended management actions are available for the public to look at and provide suggestions to MDNR staff.
2020 Year of Entry Open House Schedule
The Compartment Review: The Final Plan
Modifications to the management recommendations are then incorporated into a finalized compartment plan to be presented at the "compartment review". The compartment review is a formal presentation that incorporates information from the initial inventory, the multi-disciplinary input period, and the open house. The presentation outlines the formal management plan for the compartment and includes an explanation of forest treatments if any are proposed.
2019 Year of Entry State Forest Compartment Review Schedule
The Cadillac Unit Headquarters is at the Cadillac Operations Service Center and is open to the public. Two field offices staffed with foresters and fire officers are located in Manton and Baldwin. The Manton Field office services Wexford and Missaukee Counties while the Baldwin Field Office services Oceana and Lake Counties. Additional fire offices are located in Evart and Oceana and are staffed by full time fire officers.
The Cadillac Management Unit contains the watersheds of four major rivers: the Pine, Manistee, Pere Marquette, and Muskegon Rivers. Along with the numerous lakes and clear-running streams, they provide the back drop for a myriad of recreational opportunities in 13 state forest campgrounds. The Pine, Upper Manistee, and Pere Marquette Rivers are designated as Michigan Natural Rivers. The Michigan Natural Rivers Program was developed to preserve, protect and enhance our state's finest river systems for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations by allowing property owners their right to reasonable development, while protecting Michigan's unique river resources.
As you might imagine, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, and trapping are popular outdoor pursuits in the Unit.
Non motorized recreational opportunities include portions of the North Country Trail and the Cadillac Pathway which are located within the boundaries of the Cadillac Management Unit. Various horse trails and camps including portions of the Shore to Shore riding trail are located within the Unit for riders to use.
Winter brings numerous snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities along miles of groomed trails. Ice fishing is also popular on many of the inland lakes.
The Missaukee Junction Motorcycle Trail, Leota, Lincoln Hills, Tin Cup Spring, Little Manistee, Evart Motorcycle Trail, Long Lake Wexford, and North Missaukee ORV trail/routes run through the Unit providing opportunities for ATV and motorcycle riders.
The Highbanks rollway located on the steep banks of the Manistee River is a popular spot for hikers and sightseers alike. The rollway dates back to the early 1900's when logs were piled up along the banks of the river during the winter and then released to roll down into the river once spring thaw had occurred and the logs could be floated down the river to the mills. The rollway region was also used extensively by the local Native Americans as a hunting and fishing area. The Unit is dotted with history from settlement to pre-settlement times.
The Unit is diverse in its abundance and variety of forests, ranging from jack pine plains and oak barrens to rich northern hardwoods with a broad cross-section of just about every forest type in between from cedar swamps to pine plantations to aspen to old growth stands of white pine and hardwoods. This mosaic of forestland provides a wellspring of wildlife and timber management opportunities. The forest visitor here finds a healthy, working forest that varies in treatments from clear-cuts for early sucessional species such as aspen to shelterwoods and thinnings for oaks, pine and hardwoods that provide a broad range of habitats for plants and animals. Riparian zones along rivers and streams, as well as old growth areas, provide needed ecosystems for water quality, genetic reserves as well as living examples of rare or endangered plant and animal communities.
Every year, staff inventory 10% of the state forest land in the Unit and prepare treatments and strategies for managing the forest for its recreational, wildlife, timber and mineral resources. These are arranged in compartments with compartments scattered through-out the Unit for a broad distribution of treatments.
All State Forest Compartment Review maps and documents are drafts to be used for general planning purposes. Links to these documents will be removed after the review occurs.
For a map of the Cadillac Forest Management Unit's 2019 compartments, view the Cadillac Locator Map.
The Cadillac Forest Management Unit has 2019 YOE Review packets available for the following compartments. The packets were posted July 14, 2017 unless noted otherwise:
The Cadillac Unit's 2019 YOE Compartment Review was held on September 7, 2017. The following linked document presents the changes and decisions made at this Compartment Review to the Inventory Database, Reports, and Compartment Maps, presented at Open House, for the Cadillac Forest Management Unit. This document is the official record of changes and decisions.
- Compartment 011 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 013 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 015 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 031 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 078 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 091 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 100 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 111 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 122 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 127 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 134 Narrative, Maps and Reports
Ecological Reference Area Plans
State Game Area Plans
2018 YOE Compartments
2017 YOE Compartments
2016 YOE Compartments
2015 YOE Compartments
2014 YOE Compartments
2013 YOE Compartments
2012 YOE Compartments
2011 YOE Compartments
2010 YOE Compartments
2009 YOE Compartments
2008 YOE Compartments
2007 YOE Compartments