Eric Thompson, Unit Manager
The Escanaba Unit manages land in Menominee County and the western part of Delta County.
Click on the map to view the Escanaba Forest Management Unit
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.
2019 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 Escanaba Management Unit is located in South Central Upper Peninsula. The Unit manages approximately 142,000 acres of state owned land in Menominee and Delta Counties. The Unit office is located in Escanaba with a satellite office located in Stephenson.
The Escanaba Management Unit maintains two pathways for hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing and a nature trail. The Days River Pathway located three miles northwest of Gladstone, Cedar River Pathway located at the North Cedar River State Forest Campground, and the Days River Nature Trail located two miles north of Kipling.
The Unit has one campground, North Cedar River State Forest Campground, which is located six miles northwest of the Village of Cedar River on County Road 551. The campground, situated on the Cedar River, has 18 sites. The Escanaba Unit is responsible for 102 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and 78 miles of ORV/ATV trails.
The Escanaba Unit provides wildfire protection for Menominee County and Western Delta County. During the snow free periods of the year burning permits are required for open burning. Weather forecast and predicted fire danger are monitored daily during the snow free time of the year. Burning permit time and length depend on forecasted fire danger each day. To get a permit to burn for Delta Co. visit michigan.gov/firemanagement.
The forest cover types of the Escanaba Unit are very diverse. The major forest cover types are Aspen, Cedar, and Northern Hardwoods. Other cover types of significance are Mixed Swamp Conifer and Swamp Hardwoods. Minor cover types include Paper Birch, Upland Spruce/Fir, Hemlock, Oak, Balsam Poplar, Red Pine, Black Spruce, Tamarack, and White Pine.
The Escanaba Unit maintains over 100 miles of forest roads to access the State Forest.
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 Escanaba Forest Management Unit's 2019 compartments, view the Escanaba Locator Map.
The Escanaba Forest Management Unit has 2019 YOE Review packets available for the following compartments. The packets were posted July 5, 2017 unless noted otherwise:
The Escanaba Unit's 2019 YOE Compartment Review was held on Aug. 16, 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 Escanaba Forest Management Unit. This document is the official record of changes and decisions.
- Compartment 002 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 009 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 016 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 018 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 028 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 050 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 059 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 077 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 090 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 095 Narrative, Maps and Reports
- Compartment 110 Narrative, Maps and Reports
Grouse Enhanced Management Areas
Ecological Reference Areas
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