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Forestry

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Forestry

Michigan's forests

Michigan's nearly 4 million acres of state forest lands provide our state with clean air and water, materials for a strong forest products industry, and places to hunt, fish, hike, ride ORVs and camp.

We take forest management seriously. That means maintaining our sustainability certifications and carefully planning out how we care for  state forests. These management strategies include science-based methods such as planting and harvesting trees, improving wildlife habitat, reducing wildfire risk with careful prescribed burning and controlling invasive pests so we'll have forests now and for future generations.

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Forest certification

Learn about our responsible management certifications

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Public input

Share your thoughts on forest management activities

Explore your state forests

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Michigan's state forests offer millions of acres to hike, forage, fish and hunt, snowmobile, mountain bike, ORV and more. Visit your state forests to enjoy natural beauty, dive into exciting recreation opportunities and connect with our state's outdoor heritage. 

Burn permits

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Get burning information, see safety tips and view a map of Michigan counties with current burn permit information.

Check for burn permits

Resources for private forest land owners

Commercial Forest Program

Manage your forest for long-term timber production and get reduced taxes.

Forest Legacy Program

Protect privately owned and environmentally significant forest lands.

Forests for Fish

Forests provide abundant clean water and quality fish habitat. 

Forest Stewardship Program

Develop a plan to manage, protect and enjoy your forest. 

Registered Foresters

Find a professional forester registered with the State of Michigan. 

Wheels to Woods

Wheels to Woods provides transportation grants for schools to visit a forest or forest products company.

Forest products industry

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Michigan's nearly 20 million acres of forest land support a diverse industry and some of the best hard maple and red oak timber in the world. View a directory of sawmills, pulp and paper mills, wood product manufacturers, foresters, loggers and other forest product businesses.

Pilot initiatives

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Learn about sustainability work including emerging forest carbon credit programs, establishing solar arrays on underutilized state lands and the DNR's pledge to plant millions of trees on state forest lands. 

Pilot initiatives

Forest health

Forest health workers use a vibratory plow in the forest to fight oak wilt disease

DNR forest health professionals work with partner agencies to prevent, evaluate and manage native and invasive forest insects and diseases.

Urban and community forestry

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Community forests provide environmental, economic and social benefits. Find urban forestry grants, programs, tree care tips and more. 

Learn about our work

Find contact information, reports and data.

Division information

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