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Qualified Forest Program

A Growing Success: Michigan's Qualified Forest Program

Michigan's Qualified Forest Program

The purpose of the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) is to encourage landowners to actively manage their privately owned forests for commercial harvest, wildlife habitat enhancement, and improvement of other non-forest resources. In exchange for managing their forests in a sustainable fashion, the landowner will receive an exemption from the local school operating millage.

Contact the QFP by phone: 517-284-5630, or email:

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Important Things to Consider Prior to Conducting Your Harvest

Qualified Forest Program Overview

How do I enroll in the Qualified Forest Program? (The deadline to apply is September 1st prior to the year you wish the exemption to take effect)

Forest Management Plan (FMP) Information

Can someone locally assist me with Qualified Forest Program enrollment or other forest health issues?

How do I find a Qualified Forester to write a FMP?

Information for local units of government (i.e., equalization, assessors, and treasurers)

Purchasing, selling, or removing land currently enrolled in the Qualified Forest Program

Is there financial assistance available to help pay for a FMP?