Formally established in 1902, the MSU Department of Forestry is the oldest continuing forestry program in the United States. The Forestry major 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.

News

  • Latest Edition of The Forests of Michigan book

    A revised edition of The Forests of Michigan by MSU Department of Forestry Professor Emeritus Donald Dickmann and Associate Professor Larry Leefers released summer 2016.

     

  • MSU researchers, DNR partner in one of the largest forest diversity studies in the nation

    College of Agriculture and Natural Resources researchers Mike Walters, Department of Forestry, and Gary Roloff, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, are teaming up to study ways to increase sustainability and diversity of Michigan’s valuable northern hardwood forests.

    The study is one of the largest in the country, with Walters and Roloff examining almost 150 30-acre forest stands on public and private land in the Upper and Lower peninsulas.

     

  • Don Dickmann: Awarded for Outstanding Contributions to Forestry

    Professor Emeritus Don Dickmann was recently recognized with the MSU Faculty Emeriti Association Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Individual. He has spent more than four decades serving MSU through his contributions to forestry research and education. He retired not just once, but twice from MSU Forestry (in 2004 and 2011 respectively). He has a legacy of achievements at the Department.

     

  • Department of Forestry Professor presents at Climate Action 2016 Summit

    MSU Department of Forestry Professor David Skole will present at the Climate Action 2016 Summit. Leaders from national, regional and local government; business and civil society will convene to demonstrate and highlight collaborations that can help create a more sustainable future. The Summit follows the April 22 Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations.

  • 2016 Student Awards and Honors

    Congratulations to all our students who were recognized during the Department of Forestry 2016 Awards and Honors Ceremony on April 27, 2016.
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Undergraduate Student Spotlight

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Name: Anna Boruszewski
Hometown:
Okemos, Michigan
Why Forestry:
I wanted a degree that could get me outside, but also had jobs available.  I looked through all the degrees that MSU had to offer and felt that Forestry matched those two criteria beautifully… Read More

 

Graduate Student Spotlight

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Name:Yusuf Samsudin

Hometown: Kandangan, South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Degree:Master of Science (MS) in Forestry with a focus on Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management

(Advisor Dr. Larry Leefers)

Why forestry: 

I spent my childhood in an area where forest ecosystems have changed and were the direct victim of forest fires and haze. Read More