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Forestry and Tree Planting in Michigan

At the start of the 20th century, the pine forests of northern Michigan were largely depleted. In their place were large areas that had been devastated by years of forest fires and attempts to farm the poor soils. With the advent of the State Forestry Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, and research at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University) planting on these cutover lands began in the early 1900s. At about the same time, the first forest tree seedling nurseries were established to provide seedlings for these planting projects. The planting of burned, cutover, and tax-reverted lands and the establishment of new seedling nurseries were accelerated by the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Today, the Forest Resources Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resource and the USDA Forest Service, along with commercial and private forest landowners, continue the management and reforestation efforts of Michigan forests.

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Author(s): Richard Mergener, William Botti, Robert Heyd

Publication: Tree Planters' Notes - Volume 57, Number 1 (2014)

Volume: 57

Number: 1