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Wednesday, the Michigan legislature approved much needed funding for a statewide best management practices monitoring program for Michigan’s forests thanks to support from the Michigan Forest Products Council.

Joining MFPC is Amanda Sumerix, director of communications. Sumerix joins from Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, Chicago, Ill., where she was a junior account executive on one of the world’s largest agri-business operations.

On October 11, 2013 Michigan Forest Products Council Chairman, Mike Sussman, (left) presented JR Richardson (right) with MFPC's pretigious Tuebor Award. The award is presented only to those who have demonstrated both extraordinary leadership and stewardship of Michigan's natural resources. 

Kailey Forbes joined the Michigan Forest Products Council's Lansing staff as the new Director of Operations.

The Michigan Forest Products Council, on behalf of its staff and membership, wishes to commemorate the life of John Besse, founder of Besse Forest Products. On July 27, 2013 John passed away at his home in Gladstone, Michigan. 

The Michigan SIC (State Implementation Committee) and partners implemented a Best Management Practics (BMP) monitoring program. The results of this audit and the positive impact of BMP implementation at the state level are posted on the SFI Program website. 

Last week the US Senate approved a version of the Farm Bill that includes authority for the Forest Service to expand the use of the Healthy Forest Restorations Act to lands which may be threatened by insects or catastrophic fire.

Today governor Rick Snyder signed a collection of bills, known as the Qualified Forestry Package, which will enable non-industrial private landowners to take a more active role in the management of their forested land. 

The Michigan Forest Products Council has joined over 50 other state and local organizations in supportisn federal legislation to protect forest roads.

The Michigan Forest Products Council commends Governor Rick Snyder for signing into law Senate Bill 289, sponsored by Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba). The bill easily passed the Senate 25-13, sending it to the Governor's desk for signature. 


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