Ties to the Land workshop in Traverse City!

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Russ Mills enjoys walking his forested land whenever he has the chance. His 180 acres offers many opportunities throughout the year for him and his family: hunting in the fall, cross-country skiing in the winter, mushrooming in the spring and berry picking in the summer. He and his family also benefit from the wood products that come from this land, including firewood and the occasional timber harvest. Mr. Mills also continues to plant trees on the property that will someday ...

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2017 Annual Meeting on Tawas Bay Sept. 22-23

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Join us in East Tawas for our 45th Michigan Forest Association Annual Meeting joint with Michigan Tree Farm Association!

Program: Great Forests Make Great Lakes

Professional speakers on the importance of forests to water resources
Join fellow forest owners and forest people
Onsite inspection of forest land
Tour of private managed woodlot

The Summer Teacher Workshop is Back for 2017!

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Are you a K-12 teacher, resource professional or other educator that wants to learn about and share knowledge about Michigan’s forests and how they’re managed?

Michigan is rich with an extensive and diverse forest resource. Forest products and services are essential to human survival and healthy lifestyles. How do forests develop and change? How are we managing this valuable resource today? The Michigan Forest Association, in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, is hosting a week-long (Monday-Friday) retreat-style workshop that provides ...

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When in doubt, rake it out

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For the most part, 2015 has given us a beautiful autumn. Some have noticed, however, that certain tree species in their yards have not shown off beautiful fall colors. Instead, their leaves have just turned brown, shriveled and dropped off. In some areas, this has happened with basswood trees. Others have included cottonwood or “popple” species, and even some red maples. Although this leaf browning and shriveling can happen for many different reasons, various types of anthracnose can ...

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Forest Connections Conference 2015

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Thursday, Sept. 24 through Saturday, Sept. 26 • Doubletree Hotel and Delta College Planetarium • Bay City, Michigan

How do Michigan’s forests…

  • connect with water quality?
  • connect with wildlife?
  • connect with sustainable economic development?
  • connect with our well-being?

Join in the discussion and make some connections!

This conference will help you to make your own connections with forest owners, professionals, and enthusiasts in the Saginaw Bay region!

Thursday’s theme: Watersheds and watershed management (organized by the Michigan Society of American Foresters (MSAF)

Friday morning’s theme: Forest health, invasives  and ...

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Why Not Just Take 50 Trees?

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By Bill Botti

A common occurrence, when I’m wearing my consultant’s hat, is to receive a call from a landowner who wants to have his woods “logged out.” It sounds so – final. I try to correct the concept; then if the caller is still on the line, we’ll make an appointment to get together and walk the woods.

During this walk in the woods I try to explain the difference in value among our many tree species. “There are five species ...

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