How do I find more information about:
Finding loggers, truckers, sawmills, manufacturers, and service providers?
The DNR maintains a free Forest Products Industry Directory that contains listings for Michigan loggers, truckers, sawmills and wood-using manufacturers at www.michigan.gov/wood. The directory can be searched by company name, location, products and services, and wood species used. For more information, contact David Neumann, Utilization and Marketing Specialist at email@example.com or 517-284-5887.
Finding Sustainable Forestry Initiative/Sustainable Forestry Education (SFI/SFE) Training for Loggers?
Michigan Forest Products Council posts the annual SFI training schedule at: http://www.michiganforest.com/resources/2015-michigan-sfi-training-schedule
Starting or Expanding a Forest Products Industry Business?
Forest products industry business development assistance is provided by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Contact Donna LaCourt at 517-614-5518 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on grants, loans, and funding opportunities and other business resources for agricultural (forestry) businesses can be found at:
General information on starting up a small business can also be found at:
- Michigan Economic Development Corporation: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/#licenses
- U.S. Small Business Administration, Michigan District Office: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/mi/detroit
Michigan’s Forest Resources?
Information on Michigan’s forest resources is available through the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Inventory Analysis (FIA) program. The FIA program provides information on forests across all ownerships for all states.
- An overview of the FIA program can be found at: http://www.fia.fs.fed.us/
- FIA data can be queried using online tools at: http://www.fia.fs.fed.us/tools-data/default.asp
- FIA Michigan reports can be found under Data and Analysis on this website, or can be queried at the Forest Service Treesearch website: http://www.treesearch.fs.fed.us/
Exporting Logs, Lumber or other Commodities?
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provides assistance to businesses seeking to export logs, lumber or other agricultural commodity products through its International Marketing Program. The program helps businesses develop trade opportunities by entering new markets or expanding existing markets. Contact Jamie Zmitko-Somers at 517-284-5738 or email@example.com.
Exporting Manufactured Products?
Manufacturers of value-added products such as furniture, cabinets and other finished goods can obtain assistance from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for developing or expanding trade opportunities in international markets. MEDC “matchmaking” expertise helps connect businesses with opportunities. Contact the MEDC at http://www.michiganbusiness.org/grow/export-assistance.