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Click this link to be taken to the MDARD Forestry Assistance Page, for more information and a clickable map to locate your closest Forester:,4610,7-125-1599_28740-286087—,00.html.

Under an agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) awards grants to Conservation Districts (CD) across the state to provide education and one-on-one technical assistance to private land owners and to communities regarding local forest health issues. Professional foresters working out of 17 District offices provide coverage for over 40 counties in the upper and lower peninsulas in Michigan. The purpose of the program is to assist Conservations Districts in their efforts to help Michigan citizens better understand, plan, manage, protect and utilize their forest resources.

The goal of the program is to provide and increase the active management of non-industrial private forest (NIPF) landowner outreach and technical assistance through collaboration and cooperation. A survey conducted by Michigan State University of a non-industrial private forest landowners concludes that only 20% of the 11 million acre resource is actively managed. The Forestry Assistance Program will work with local Conservation Districts to increase the number of landowners and acres that are managed under a sustainable forest management plan.


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