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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.
Explore your state forests
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.
Michigan firefighters respond to hundreds of fires each year, renew the landscape with carefully-planned prescribed burns and promote community fire safety.
Get burning information, see safety tips and view a map of Michigan counties with current burn permit information.
Forest products industry
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.
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.
DNR forest health professionals work with partner agencies to prevent, evaluate and manage native and invasive forest insects and diseases.
Urban and community forestry
Community forests provide environmental, economic and social benefits. Find urban forestry grants, programs, tree care tips and more.
About the DNR Forest Resources Division
Michigan’s Forest Resources Division responsibly manages state forest lands for wildlife habitat, recreation, renewable timber production, forest health, carbon sequestration and more.
Division staff also contribute to sound management of urban and private forest landscapes through grant programs, outreach, technical assistance and partnerships
Email us at DNR-Forestry@Michigan.gov