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State forest planning

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State forest planning

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We're developing the next state forest plan

Michigan has 19.3 million acres of public and private forestland, and 4 million of those acres are state forests managed by the DNR for public use and enjoyment, wildlife habitat, forest health and forest products.

State management plans that guide forest management activities are created for 10-year periods as required by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. The DNR is also required to maintain third-party certification that forests are managed using sustainable practices. 

This plan will replace the 2008 State Forest Management Plan and associated 2013 regional plans (below), which expire in 2024. 

The state forest management plan is part of an overall strategy outlined in the Statewide Forest Action Plan, a federally-required document with strategies for managing all 19.3 million acres of Michigan's public and private forests. 

2024 State Forest Management Plan features

  1. An updated planning framework that organizes resources into categories aligning with forest sustainability standards. 

  2. A new planning process that focuses on:
    • Establishing current conditions and trends.
    • Identifying desired future conditions.
    • Linking management actions that will achieve desired future conditions.

  3. Use of a sophisticated modeling platform, providing a long-term look at important measures of forest sustainability including forest composition and structure, timber harvest area and volume, and habitat abundance for featured wildlife species.

  4. Integrated management strategies to address forest pests, diseases and changes in climate causing forest health and productivity issues.

Review and comment

Month Task
February Finalize initial plan draft
April-May Complete DNR staff review and edits
June Tribal consultation, review and comment
July Stakeholder and public review, public comment
July 29 Public comment deadline
August Finalize draft for DNR director review and approval

Comments or questions may be sent to Check back for further opportunities to share your thoughts on the use and management of Michigan's state forests.

View the results from our engagement survey supporting multiple state forest uses. 

Regional Forest Management Plans