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Forest fun


Forest fun


Carefully managed and sustainable forests are essential to Michigan

That's why we take care to keep our forests healthy and abundant - so there is a balance between the needs of the forest and the needs of all that depend on it. To maintain that balance, we replant harvested trees to support nature and provide materials for homes, tools and products we need. Every branch of forestry helps ensure future generations will have a tree for life and forests for a lifetime.

Get in touch with trees

A young woman wearing gloves cleans up trash in a forest


Give back to nature by organizing a forest cleanup to keep the woods healthy. 


Explore the path less traveled in state forests

State forests offer a rustic outdoors experience - here are some tips and locations for planning a forest adventure. 

Fall leaves in a forest near a lake

Fall color tour

See an interactive map of the best places and times for forest fall colors 
chickadee sitting on redbud tree

Five native trees to plant to attract backyard wildlife

To see Michigan nature up close, you can lace up your boots and head outside, or you can invite wildlife to visit at home!

Origami Trees

Learn to fold a paper origami tree

Make an origami tree using this template with step-by-step instructions, or watch our video!


Pollinator-friendly trees help out bees, birds and butterflies

Support essential pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds by planting a flowering tree. 


Prepare for tree planting by making a sun map

Creating a sun map to track sun exposure in your growing space can help you pick the perfect tree. 

Sugar maple tree description TreeNA post

Learn about Michigan tree species

Get fascinating facts about Michigan's trees and learn tricks to identify them. 


Tree detectives video series

Join Hartwick Pines park interpreter Craig Kasmer as he shows you how to find clues to identify Michigan trees.

Forestry Facts

What exactly is forestry?

Forestry is the science, art and practice of sustainably managing forests and all of their resources for the benefit of humans, wildlife and the environment. Sound forestry decisions consider the current and future health of the forest and strive to ensure that they will be available for generations to come.

Forests can't do it alone. They need our help.

Forests are much healthier when they are actively managed, which includes cutting trees, planting new ones, fighting disease and monitoring/controlling invasive species. Active management of the forests is essential to responsible environmental stewardship.

Why is forestry important to Michigan?

Sustainable and healthy forests are an important asset to every Michigan resident. The practice of forestry not only manages disease and promotes the growth of new trees, it also creates healthier habitats for wildlife and gives us a place to hike, camp, hunt, fish and make memories. Trees also provide for many of the wood products we use every day and contribute to the strength of our communities - providing more than 96,000 jobs and contributing over $20 billion to our economy!

Will Michigan run out of forests? Not on our watch.

Trees are a renewable resource. In fact, Michigan's forests are growing considerably faster than they are being cut - each year about twice as much wood is grown than harvested! The Department of Natural Resources follows a set of rules to protect the forest and makes sure the right amount of trees are cut down to balance the needs of people and animals.

Michigan gets good grades in forestry.

Michigan's forests are certified by Sustainable Forestry Initiative® and Forest Stewardship Council® standards. This rigorous, independent third-party certification means you can trust that the products you purchase originate from well-managed forests and have been manufactured responsibly.