Department of Natural Resources
Forests provide many of the things we consider essential: clean air and water, habitat for wildlife, spaces for recreation and wood products for houses, paper and furniture.
But Michigan’s forests face challenges. Insects and disease, wildfire, climate change and human use all need to be managed to help forests continue to thrive.
Below, you will find information that describes the forest and its present condition. There are two parts: a landscape assessment and an action plan.
Below, you’ll find key components of the landscape assessment. Check back for updates and to review the strategies once they are developed. Click through each section to learn more about Michigan’s extensively forested landscape.
Please submit comments or questions about the content of the landscape assessment story maps to ForestPlanComments@Michigan.gov. For anything related to the function of or accessing the story maps, please email us at DNR-GIS@Michigan.gov.
Ecological areas are used to identify land and water areas at different scales that have similar functions and potential for management. Ecological areas are designed to have similar patterns in:
Ecological areas can be large, broad areas, such as several states, or localized areas as small as a few square miles. Ecological areas can be subdivided, and refined in classification, based on the characteristics listed above. The hierarchy of ecological units is defined as:
The concept and use of ecological areas have been around for several decades. Much of the early work of defining ecological areas started in the 1980s and was further formalized in the late 1990s. The publication called the National Hierarchical Framework of Ecological Units offers more background and history of ecological area concepts.
To manage an ecosystem, we need to understand how it works. In order to help us reach that goal, the data used in this landscape assessment has been collected using three sampling systems, which are:
Explore Michigan's eco-sub-sections. Click on an area to learn a bit more about each area.