Forestry combines elements of ecology, biology, environmental science, public policy and economics to address a variety of environmental and social issues - from combating global climate change and invasive species to providing forest products and wildlife habitats.


  • MSU expert offers tips for selecting, maintaining and recycling a real Michigan Christmas tree

    Bert Cregg, image from MSU Today

    Fraser fir, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce and White Spruce are just a few of the tree varieties grown in Michigan and shipped across the Midwest, Texas and Florida each holiday season says MSU Christmas tree expert, Dr. Bert Cregg.  “And harvests start as early as late October.”


  • Giving TUEsday campaign to raise funds for CANR Student Club Grants

    Did participation in a student club enhance your MSU experience? This year’s #GivingTUEsday campaign in the college is to raise $5,000 to support Student Club Grants through the CANR Alumni Association.

    This fund provides support for scholarships, student club activities and alumni programming in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). The fund also underwrites the CANR Alumni Association’s Student Club Grant Program. 


  • Unleashing trees in the battle against climate change

    Portrait of author Lauren Cooper

    In discussions around climate change and natural resources, one widely mentioned oversimplification is that “cutting trees is bad for the environment.” While true that global forest loss has environmental implications, sustainably managed working forests can provide impressive climate benefits in both carbon sequestration and long-term carbon storage.


  • Forest die-offs ricochet to distant ecosystems

    View of a tropical forest in the Amazon from the top of the 54m tower in Caxiuanã, Brazil.

    The world feels the impact of the infamous El Niño as a mass of warm water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean dramatically changes weather patterns. According to new study published in PLOS ONE, major forest loss and die-offs can have similar far-flung impacts on climate and vegetation. The effects of deforestation, drought, heat and beetle infestations are not only impacting local landscapes, but also affect weather patterns and the health of vegetation in faraway regions. 


  • MSU Forestry graduate student wins for Kirtland’s Warbler research poster

    Poster: Can Short-Rotation Biomass Harvests Increase Options for Management of the Endangered Kirtland’s Warbler?

    MSU Forestry master’s student Daphna Gadoth-Goodman won third place for her poster during the 2016 National Society of American Foresters Convention in Madison, Wisc.

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  • Date: December 6, 2016
    Location: Room 225 in the Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Rd

    Nash Turley presents “Predictors of plant diversity in pine forests of South Carolina.”

  • Date: December 9, 2016
    Location: Coral Gables Restaurant, 2838 E. Grand River Ave in East Lansing

    Join MSU Forestry for our annual Holiday party on Friday, December 9.

  • Date: December 16, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Fall 2016 will be held in the Breslin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 16. Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will recieve their degrees as a part of this ceremony.

  • Date: December 17, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Fall 2016 will be held in the Breslin Center at 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 17. Undergraduates in all CANR majors, including Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will graduate as a part of this ceremony.

  • Date: April 22, 2017
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    Small Animals Day is slated from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion. Admission is $3 per person. Parking is available at the MSU Pavilion.

    Join us to milk a cow, watch horse races, hold a baby chick and meet other animals! No farm tours will be given this year.   

    Questions? Contact Dorcia Chaison, assistant director of undergraduate programs, at 517-355-0234 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Emily Caretti

Name: Emily Caretti
Hometown: Warren, MI 
Why Forestry: Forestry is such an awesome field! Not only do we get to spend most of our days running around in the woods, we also make huge contributions to society… Read More.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Malcom Itter

Name: Malcom Itter
Hometown: New York, NY
Degree: PhD
Advisor: Andrew Finley
Why forestry: Forestry is unique in that it combines ecological research focused on understanding the future… Read More