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Bad bugs and pesky plants: Forest health report covers threats to trees
Munching through the canopy, choking out seedlings or wilting backyard trees – invasive insects and plants and tree diseases threaten the health of Michigan’s forests.
Forest health experts at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources work every day to protect our trees and forests. They survey Michigan’s woodlands and teach foresters and land managers to look out for signs of harm. Monitoring outbreaks, managing infestations and preparing for future challenges ensure we will continue to have places for recreation, homes for wildlife, healthier waters and renewable forest products.
The 2022 Forest Health Highlights report covers the status of key forest health issues including the first detections of beech leaf disease and spotted lanternfly in Michigan. The news isn’t all bad though – the report also showcases the latest university research revealing progress on some of our toughest battles, collaborative work between agencies to protect forests and techniques to guide landowners in caring for their trees.
“Michigan’s 20 million acres of forests are an unmatched resource,” said DNR Forest Health Program Manager Sue Tangora. “Thanks to the collaboration of partners across the state, we are learning new techniques to protect trees and keeping watch for invasive plants and forest pests and diseases.”
Contact the forest health team at DNR-FRD-Forest-Health@
A total of 50 species (3934 individuals) were observed on the count, as shown in the list below. The most unusual species for the count were the Wood Ducks, the American Coots, and the Double-crested Cormorant. The Double-crested Cormorant was found on the rocks in Elk Rapids Harbor, behind the power plant.