Trees and rocks along a river in Northern Michigan


Forest Action Plan

Productive forests contribute to environmental, social and economic health

Natural resources have played an important role in Michigan’s growth and development and are critical to our quality of life. The growth of the forest-based economy and increased participation in outdoor recreation are key to the state’s future.

The Michigan Forest Resource Assessment and Strategy provides a statewide assessment of forest conditions and trends for rural and urban forest issues and landscapes, and provides a strategy containing direction and guidance for current and future investments in these rural and urban forest resources.

Implementation of our Forest Action Plan will result in healthier and more resilient landscapes, better and more fire-adapted communities, improved habitat, air, and water quality, and a host of other public benefits that come from actively and sustainably managed forests. Well-managed, productive forests contribute to environmental, social, and economic health.

Best Management Practices

Michigan’s best management practices (BMPs) program is quasi-regulatory. The state departments responsible for BMPs policy development are the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality.

Click here to view the most recent BMPs recommendations on the state forestry agency website.

Click the following links to view available BMP monitoring data and implementation rates from NASF’s 2015 BMP survey and NASF’s 2019 BMP survey.

Michigan Forestry Publications

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