More forests are allowed to mature longer and support a more resilient mix of trees and habitats. Forest management strategies enhance and restore biodiversity and provide wood for high-value, job-intensive products like furniture and building materials.
IN 20 YEARS - The timber industry has shifted from a reliance on low-value lumber like pulp and paper products to higher-value and job-creating furniture manufacturing using Michigan's traditionally high value lumber (white pine, bird's eye maple, etc.)
IN 10 YEARS - More of Michigan's public and privately owned forests are certified as sustainable, and a higher majority are put into longer harvest rotation schedules, and more early successional species like aspen are allowed to transition to native forests of mixed hardwoods and deciduous types.
IN 2 YEARS - The state announces a management plan to increase the amount of state forest managed for biodiversity, rustic recreation and second-growth, old growth timber.