Department of Natural Resources
Creating a sun map to track sun exposure in your growing space can help you pick the perfect tree.
Join Hartwick Pines park interpreter Craig Kasmer as he shows you how to find clues to identify Michigan trees.
Support essential pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds by planting a flowering tree.
To see Michigan nature up close, you can lace up your boots and head outside, or you can invite wildlife to visit at home!
Make an origami tree using this template with step-by-step instructions, or watch our video!
State forests offer a rustic outdoors experience unlike any other - here are some tips and locations for planning a forest adventure.
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 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.
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!
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'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.