State report highlights forest health

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Thursday informed residents of a helpful source of information on the state’s forests.

The 2017 Forest Health Highlights report outlines current successes and challenges facing Michigan’s forest system, including efforts to stop invasive species.

“Michigan’s forest land is remarkably vast, covering nearly 20 million acres,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “This includes about four million acres of state forest managed by the Department of Natural Resources. Outstanding work is being done to preserve and protect our state’s forests, and you can read all about it in this report.”

Kowall said that recent efforts include work to stop invasive species such as the hemlock woolly adelgid, the battle against beech bark disease, and continued efforts to keep the maple-killing Asian Longhorned Beetle out of the state.

To access the 2017 Forest Health Highlights report and for more information, visit www.michigan.gov/foresthealth.