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Monitoring forests and forest management activities
Monitoring is conducted to assess state forest plan implementation. Monitoring also helps managers assess the condition of the forest, determine how management goals, objectives, and desired future conditions are being met, and understand the social and ecological effects of management activities.
Monitoring is also necessary for compliance with forest certification standards for sustainable management. The Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI) requires monitoring to measure and report performance metrics. This is addressed through the DNR Management Review System, a process for recording, evaluating and reporting nonconformance with forest certification standards and instructions.
This process has three components:
- Internal Audits
- Forest re-certification and annual forest certification surveillance audits
- Annual management review reports
Reports can be viewed on the audit results webpage.
Management strategies and forest data
Information about forest plants, wildlife and trends is incorporated into long-term forest management planning. Explore state forest management plans to learn more about forest conditions and strategies the DNR uses to improve and maintain forest lands.
Harvesting for ecological and economic benefits
Monitoring ecological values
Ecological information is collected in reports on local forest compartment areas, forest health reports and in natural community surveys conducted by the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.
MI State Forest Map: compartment reviews
View the state forest public input map and see results and data from local compartment reviews.
Forest health reports and data
See watchlist species, report invasive species sightings and review an annual forest health report showing trends, status and survey results.