Department of Natural Resources
Michigan has an abundance of forest land that is enjoyed by hikers, bird watchers and hunters. Every year, tons of trash is illegally dumped in Michigan's forests.
The Adopt-a-Forest program works to enhance the enjoyment of public forest lands by eliminating illegal dumping and to increase the awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found.
In summer 2020, we challenged nature lovers to help clean up 100 forest sites in 100 days, and they stepped up - crushing the goal with 151 cleanups and 459 cubic yards of trash removed! The challenge celebrated 100 years of the National Association of State Foresters and its work to ensure thriving forests. Although the challenge has wrapped up, we're still seeking volunteers to help keep our forests clean today and for future generations.
The Adopt-a-Forest program is sponsored jointly by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources; the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; the U.S. Forest Service; the Michigan Society of American Foresters and many private organizations.