State releases study on health of forests - WNEM TV 5

State releases study on health of forests

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The health of Michigan's more than 19 million acres of forest land is outlined in a report from the Department of Natural Resources.  

The DNR says Michigan's 19.3 million acres of forest land play a key role in the state's recreation, timber and other important industries, and the health of those forests is essential to sustaining this vital resource for many generations.

The report is an overview of Michigan's forests, the insects and diseases that have threatened them in the past year and details about what DNR staff is doing to improve forest resources.

"Michigan offers one of the most diverse forest systems in the U.S.," said Bill O'Neill, state forester and chief of the DNR's Forest Resources Division. "Our staff and partners work hard every day to keep that forest land healthy and sustainable by identifying threats and eliminating them or mitigating their effects."

The report breaks down forest health threats by examining insects and diseases, forest decline, invasive plant control and other health concerns. Accompanying photos and maps illustrate the pests and show the effects they had on Michigan's forest system.

To learn more about the report, including the ash and beech harvest and other threats facing the state's forests, check out the 2012 Forest Health Highlights report by visiting:

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