On Earth Day, April 23, 2013, Governor Rick Snyder called a Forest Products Summit to bring to light the issues and opportunities currently facing the industry. The Governor highlight three questions the industry must address for long-term success:
The graph above shows where Michigan's forests are located by county.
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The USFS released its summary report on the US forestry industry. The report outlines the condition of the industry over the last 5 years and proposed actions to adapt to a transforming industry sector.
An estimated 20 million acres of Michigan's land is devoted to forests. These forests generate jobs that employ over 150,000 Michiganians and contribute $12 billion to Michigan's economy. Who owns this land? The largest landowner in Michigan is individual private landowners.
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Michigan forests have always been important to the quality of life of Michigan citizens. But our demands on forests continue to grow and to change. To maintain our quality of life, the way we manage our forests will also change.