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MICHIGAN FORESTS FOREVER TEACHERS GUIDE

 


MICHIGAN FOREST HISTORY

Click on one of the colored and labeled boxes below to learn about that time in Michigan Forest History (you may have to "scroll" down with your browser). 

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ICE
AGE

PRESETTLEMENT
TIMES

LOGGING
ERA

BEGINNING
OF
CONSERVATION

MODERN
FOREST
MANAGEMENT

Note: This timeline is NOT to scale. The left side represents many more years than the right.  The right side shows more years because there were more things happening . . . and there still are more things happening in the forest today!

Michigan has a colorful forest history, similar to that of Wisconsin and Minnesota.  After the retreat of the glaciers, vegetation gradually moved back into Michigan.  Some tree species returned centuries before other tree species.  Our forests are ever-changing from the effects of climate, nature, and the influences of human beings.  American Indians changed the forest in many ways.  When people began logging the forest in the middle 1800s, the forest at that time was in a condition useful to our growing nation.  Our forests continue to be great natural resources, both for wood production as well as the many other benefits we receive from the Great Forests of the Great Lakes State!  For an expanded timeline, click here


Suggestions for excellent texts about Michigan Forest History . . .

     The Forests of Michigan (2003)
     By Donald Dickmann and Larry Leefers (MSU forestry professors)
     The University of Michigan Press
     ISBN 0-472-06816-4

     Michigan's State Forests: A Century of Stewardship (2006)
     By William B. Botti and Michael D. Moore
     Michigan State University Press, Dave Dempsey Environmental Study Series.  256 pages.

Facts About Today's Michigan Forests

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MSUElogo.tif (16254 bytes) This website was developed and created by Michigan State University Extension for the teachers of the State of Michigan.  The website is maintained by the Delta-Schoolcraft Independent School District in support of the Michigan Forests Forever CD-ROM from the Michigan Forest Resource Alliance.

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Please provide comments to Bill Cook:  cookwi@msu.edu or 786-1575