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Statewide Planning Resources
Michigan State Forest Management Plan is approved
The DNR has completed the Michigan State Forest Management Plan. The plan covers 3.9 million acres of State forestland managed by the DNR, and is a requirement of state law and forest certification standards, under which the State of Michigan has operated since 2006. The plan addresses a broad variety of sustainable uses, including wood fiber production, conservation, wildlife habitat, recreation.
The plan supersedes the document "Operational Management Guidance for State-Owned Forest Lands" of August 24, 2005.
The document is formatted for two-sided printing, but will also print on single-sided printers. It may be downloaded as an entire document (4.7 MB), and in two sections (1.7 and 4.1 MB in size).
State Forest Management Plan - April 10, 2008 (4.7 MB) - Complete Version
Chapters 1 through 6 (4.1MB)
DNR responses to comments received during the January 29 - March 14, 2008 public comment period are provided below. Responses summaries are organized into four categories: general comments, recreation, wildlife and habitat, and vegetative management.
Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Management Plan -- Approved
Statutory regulation of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) began in Michigan with 1975 Public Act (PA) 319 (Act). The Act required the Department of Natural Resources (Department) to develop a comprehensive plan for the management of ORV use of areas, forest roads and forest trails, under the jurisdiction of the Department.