The Michigan Forest Association (MFA) exists to represent and inform Michigan forest owners and Michigan citizens who love our forests, about the many facets of sustainable forest management.

We are a a non-profit organization, created over 40 years ago in 1972, to help private forest owners understand and sustainably manage their forests.

Michigan has more forest land than any other state in the Northeast or Midwest.  Small, family forest owners as a group, own 45% of the forest land in Michigan (9.1 million of 20.3 million acres)!  Michigan forests and family forest owners are important in providing jobs and economic opportunity in Michigan, as well as wildlife habitat, recreational and tourism opportunities and a family legacy.

  • Mission Statement

    Mission Statement Of The Michigan Forest Association

    • To promote good management on all forest land,
    • To educate our members about good forest practices and stewardship of the land,
    • To inform the general public about forestry issues and the benefits of good forest management.


  • MFA Promotes
    • The wise use and stewardship of our forest resources
    • Quality technical assistance to forest owners
    • Equitable taxation for forest lands
    • The Michigan Forest Stewardship Program
    • Michigan Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • MFA Believes
    • Forests can be managed to supply consumer products, such as lumber, veneer, paper products, furniture, edible foods and much more.
    • At the same time, forests can provide non-consumptive benefits, such as wildlife habitat, clean air, quality water, soil protection, recreation and aesthetic values.
    • That information and incentives are more efficient and effective than regulations in promoting good forest practices.


  • MFA Sponsors or Co-Sponsors


    • Educational Workshops and Tours
    • Michigan Tree Farm Program
    • Michigan Project Learning Tree
    • The Russ Forest Expo


  • MFA Affiliates and Partners


    • Michigan Farm Bureau
    • Michigan Association of Conservation Districts 
    • Michigan Forest Resource Alliance 
    • Michigan Forestry & Park Association 
    • Michigan United Conservation Clubs 
    • National Woodland Owners Association
    • Michigan Tree Farm