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Another kind of harvest gathering

Over the past couple hundred years, American settlers have greatly reduced prairie with modern agriculture and urban development, introduced invasive species, eliminated large herbivores and reduced wildfire on the landscape that depended on it. One way to address this? Seed planting.

Another kind of harvest gathering

Don't burn that butterfly's blankie!

The splendid fall color season leaves a stash of freshly fallen leaves on the ground. They’re important for woodland species including insects, amphibians and small mammals over the cold months.
Don’t burn that butterfly’s blankie!

Missing in the Porcupine Mountains

More than half a century later, the case of a University of Wisconsin student who went missing in 1968 remains the only unresolved missing persons case at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
Missing in the Porcupine Mountains

Treasure trove of deer data on the way with mandatory online harvest reporting

Starting with the fall 2022 deer seasons, all hunters who successfully take a deer are required to report it through the DNR’s online harvest reporting system.
Treasure trove of deer data on the way with mandatory online harvest reporting

Those street trees are pretty, but they also contribute to the economy

Urban forestry directly provides more than 20,000 jobs with a payroll of about $75 million, according to the new regional study funded by the federal government and focused on states that belong to the Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance. Michigan is included in that alliance, which is comprised of 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Those street trees are pretty, but they also contribute to the economy

Michigan’s forest products industry’s value spikes

From a furniture factory in suburban Grand Rapids to a paper mill in the Upper Peninsula to a one-employee sawmill operation in the heart of the mitten, Michigan’s forest products industry is growing.

Michigan’s forest products industry’s value spikes