Michigan has the greatest
area of timberland and the greatest timber volume of any state in
the North Central region.
Issues and Opportunities for Michigan Forests
The area of Michigan's aspen forests is declining. Disturbances, such as
fire or harvesting, can encourage natural regeneration of aspen..
Michigan's oak forests are experiencing health problems. Oak decline in
the northern Lower Peninsula, particularly northern pin oak, is of
concern, as is gypsy moth defoliation.
Harvest of mature oak in southwestern Michigan has raised public
concern about oak regeneration and harvesting.
Parcelization of timberland into smaller tracts (less than 10 acres) is
restricting management options.
Michigan's forests are a maturing resource which provides many
management options such as managing for old growth or improving structural
diversity of forest types.
Michigans forests could be even more productive than they already are,
thanks to surplus of growing stock (annual growth less removals). This
surplus is one of the largest in the Nation.
Every year, the North Central Research Station's field crews inventory
sample plots on public and private lands in Michigan. That information
feeds our annual report of forest conditions and timber product outputs.
Additional information about Michigan's forests is available in the
following North Central publications.
Michigan Forest Statistics, 1993 (Resource Bulletin NC-170)
Michigan's Forests 1993: An Analysis (Resource Bulletin NC-179)
North Central Partners in Michigan
In addition to forest inventory and analysis, we engage in research
with an array of partners in Michigan. A sample of those partners is