Planning Regionally for Michigan's Forest Health and Growth -

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  • Michigan's world-class state forests offer rustic adventure and enjoyment, provide critical habitat for wildlife, and fuel a vital timber industry. Sustaining our state forests is a huge responsibility, requiring thoughtful and inclusive long-term planning. Historically, Michigan has benefited from state forest planning efforts at the local and state level. Today, the DNR and many stakeholders have worked hard to create Regional State Forest Management Plans (RSFMPs) that:
    • Recognize the unique needs of individual management areas;
    • Account for regional needs;
    • Better inform and guide management and operational decisions and
    • Help improve communication among all interested individuals and organizations.
    Public review of and comment on the proposed drafts of each regional plan were essential parts of the process. Below, we offer the finalized and approved regional plans.

The Process

  • ImplementationImplementation of the Regional State Forest Management Plans began with approval by the Director. Implementation will continue over the planned, 10-year life of these versions of the plan.
  • Contact Us

    Have questions about the plans? Contact us. If you have questions regarding specific plans, you may contact DNR Forest Resources Division (FRD) inventory planning specialists and/or Wildlife Division (WD) ecologists by email at or by calling one of the following region-specific staff members:

    Northern Lower Peninsula

    • Derek Cross (FRD planning specialist), 231-775-9727

    Eastern Upper Peninsula

    • Kristen Matson (FRD planning specialist), 906-293-5131
    • Sherry MacKinnon (WD ecologist), 906-293-5131

    Western Upper Peninsula

    • John Hamel (FRD planning specialist), 906-228-6561
    • Sherry MacKinnon (WD ecologist), 906-293-5131

    You may also contact the FRD forest certification planner at 517-284-5873 or