• Forests for Fish

    Forests for Fish brings together foresters, loggers and fisheries biologists to promote the message that "Michigan's forests provide abundance clean water and quality fish habitat." 

    The DNR's partners include Michigan Trout Unlimited, the Michigan Tree Farm Committee, the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Michigan Association of Consulting Foresters. 

    Forests for Fish is funded by the U.S. Forest Service, State and Private Forestry. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 

  • Forest Legacy Program

    Forest Legacy logoThe Forest Legacy Program seeks to protect privately owned and environmentally significant forest land from being converted to non-forest uses. This program is a strictly voluntary program and involves the acquisition of land in fee ownership or rights in land through a conservation easement. If a conservation easement is acquired, the land remains in private ownership but does provide for public access. The Forest Legacy Program encourages partnerships with local governments and land trusts, recognizing the important contributions that private landowners, local communities, and environmental organizations make to forest conservation efforts.

  • Commercial Forest Program

    Commercial Forestry Work The Commercial Forest program provides a significant property tax reduction to private landowners as an incentive to retain and manage their forest land for long-term timber production in support of the state's forest products industry. Landowners pay a specific tax (currently $1.30 per acre) in property taxes in exchange for managing their land as a productive commercial forest. More than 2.2 million acres of private forest land that are owned by 1,800 landowners are enrolled in the program. Commercial Forest lands are open to the public for foot access for hunting and fishing.

  • Forest Stewardship Program

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    The Forest Stewardship Program connects landowners with a forester or wildlife biologist to develop a Forest Stewardship Plan for their forest. Participation in the program is voluntary, and cost share is available throughout the year. Since 1991, almost 6,000 people in Michigan have used their Forest Stewardship Plan to help them to manage, protect and enjoy their forest.