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Michigan ranks 11th in the nation with 20.3 million acres of total forest land, which is 55 percent of the land area of our two peninsulas. More than 12.6 million acres of the forest land in Michigan is privately owned, or about 62 percent of our forests. Your own forest may not be huge, but altogether the 400,000 or so family forest owners in Michigan are by far the largest group of forest owners in our state.
Private Forest Land Families and Individuals 9.2 million acres Corporations 2.7 million acres Other Private Land 0.7 million acres
Public Forest Land
Michigan Department of Natural Resources 4.2 million acres United States Forest Service 2.7 million acres Other Public Land 0.8 million acres
- Forest Stewardship Program The purpose of the Forest Stewardship Program is to encourage long-term stewardship of family forest land by providing professional planning and technical assistance to private landowners. Participation in the program is voluntary, and forest landowners can obtain information and cost-share assistance throughout the year. Since 1991, almost 5,000 landowners in Michigan have used their Forest Stewardship Plan to help them to protect, manage, and enjoy their forest.
- Commercial Forest Program 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 $1.25 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 Legacy Program The 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.
- Forest Stewardship Program in Michigan - Video
- Forestry, From Fear to Facts: A Landowner's Perspective (Video)
- Forestry: Investing in, and profiting from, Sustainable Forestry (Video)
- Managing Michigan's Wildlife: A Landowner's Guide
- Right to Forest Act
- Sustainable Soil and Water Quality Practices on Forest Land
- Michigan Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy
- Directory of Michigan Seedling Nurseries
- Michigan Woody Biomass Harvesting Guidance
- Michigan Forest Products Industry Database
- What Is My Timber Worth, and How Do I Sell It?
- Find a Certified Forest Stewardship Plan Writer
- Information for Plan Writers
- FSP Outreach and Education Grant Program
- United States Forest Service – Private Forests
- Michigan Forestry Assistance Program
- Qualified Forest Program
- NRCS Forestry Programs in Michigan
- Michigan Forest Association
- Michigan Association of Timbermen
- Michigan Forest Products Council
- Michigan Society of American Foresters
- Michigan Natural Features Inventory
- MSU Department of Forestry
- MSU Extension Forestry
- MTU Department of Forestry
- American Tree Farm System
- FSC for Family Forests
- National Timber Tax
- Call Before You Cut
- Ties to the Land