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Commercial timber sales

A machine is used to pick up cut timber in the forest

Commercial timber sales

Cut timber is stacked at a logging site

The forest products industry provides 96,000 jobs and contributes $22 billion to Michigan’s economy.

Approximately 20% of the raw material used by Michigan's forest products industry comes from sustainably-managed state forest lands. 

Commercial timber sales

Purchasers of DNR timber are required to maintain certification as defined by the Michigan Sustainable Forestry Initiative or the Wisconsin Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance.

Sign up for email notifications when prospectuses or bid summaries are posted by emailing


Bid on DNR timber sales

Timber sale online bidding in the Vegetative Management System

DNR bid summary reports

Catalog of bid summaries by year and location

DNR prospectuses

Timber sale advertisements by year and location

Maps and supporting information

Maps by management area

VMS-CUT application 

The Vegetative Management System Customer Utility application provides online contract management tools for timber customers. 


See a training video to learn about using the application. 


Open the VMS-CUT application

Updated timber cruising methods

The Michigan DNR implemented new timber cruising methods for timber sale preparation and contracting in fall 2020. Training sessions are available in the cruise methods and will be required for all DNR-certified timber sale preparation contractors.

Timber cruising program information


Questions? Contact timber sales specialist Donovan Asselin or program manager Brenda Haskill.

Find a field office contact for timber sales or find additional forestry contact information