• Scholarship recognizes MSU forestry professor’s work

    posted on January 16, 2015 12:20pm

    When Maureen McDonough, professor in the Department of Forestry, retires this month, she will have spent nearly 35 years in an industry that’s seen incredible changes. And a scholarship in her name will help ensure that future MSU forestry students have the opportunity to witness the same types of changes. 

    “When I started in forestry, it was very old school, and that’s changed dramatically,” McDonough said. McDonough has studied urban and community forestry and the human dimensions affecting those forests.


  • MSU Forestry Associate Professor Andrew Finley’s Research Featured at

    posted on December 17, 2014 11:57am

    This week, MSU Forestry Associate Professor Andrew Finley and his involvement with mapping the Alaskan Forest were featured at Finley is part of a team of US Forest Service and NASA scientists and his role has been to develop data products that ultimately help the scientists understand the current and changing Alaskan Forest. The article is available at

  • MSU forestry student receives Fulbright grant to study forests in Costa Rica

    posted on December 5, 2014 1:19pm

    Clarice Esch, a doctoral student in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Forestry, recently received a grant through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to conduct research in Costa Rica. Esch will spend 10 months in San Gerardo de Rivas, Costa Rica, researching issues related to sustainable forestry.

  • Conflict, Collaboration & Consensus in Natural Resource Issues class scheduled for Spring 2015

    posted on December 3, 2014 12:20pm

    Do you work with natural resource-based groups or individuals who often find themselves in conflict situations?  Michigan State University Extension offers an intensive program designed to help you gain confidence and competence in helping groups and communities productively address contentious natural resource issues.

    Participants will:

    • Gain conflict resolution skills related to listening, questioning, dealing with difficult behaviors, and facilitating dialogue 

    • Achieve a deeper understanding of the continuum of conflict management options and approaches, and skill in diagnosing situations and choosing appropriate strategies

    • Build expertise in facilitating collaborative problem solving and deliberation among groups

    • Form a clearer understanding of the roles of both scientific facts and human values in contentious issues

    • Explore alternative approaches to synthesizing and incorporating public input

    • Become part of an interactive statewide network of natural resource professionals dedicated to facilitating natural resource conflicts in creative and collaborative ways


    How the program works:

    The program is divided into two sessions:

    March 2 - 3, 2015  & April 14-15, 2015

    Kettunen Center, 14901 4H Drive, Tustin, MI 49688

    Participants MUST be able to attend both sessions, as the second builds on the information and material introduced in the first session. This also enables participants to develop long-term professional relationships with each other across organizations and geographic locations.


    What are the fees?

    The program cost is $495, which includes food, lodging, and all program materials. Scholarships may be available based on demonstrated need.


    Contact Information:

    For additional information, contact Georgia Peterson at 517-335-7383 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


    Register here

    Seats are limited. Registration Deadline: February 16, 2015.




  • U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to stop at Michigan State University during 2014 Tour

    posted on October 27, 2014 10:03pm

    The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree will make a stop at Michigan State University (MSU) Nov. 14 on its way to Washington, D.C. It will be on display for visitors and hosted by the MSU Department of Forestry and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).

  • Global Academy Fellowship Program applications available

    posted on September 20, 2014 7:46am

    The Center for Global Connections in partnership with the College of Engineering, the Office of the Provost, and International Studies & Programs is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2015 Global Academy for Engagement Fellowship Program.  


  • MSU helps shape USDA greenhouse gas policy

    posted on August 3, 2014 11:52am

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a report that, for the first time, provides uniform scientific methods for quantifying the changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage from various land management and conservation activities.

  • MSU researcher to lead NSF advisory committee

    posted on July 17, 2014 1:28pm

    MSU forestry professor David Skole was named chair of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE).

  • Climate Change Symposium Presentations Now Available

    posted on April 29, 2014 2:49pm

    On April 2, 2014, the 2014 MSU Science Festival host the symposium, “Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region and Beyond,” at the Kellogg Center. Presentations from the three main symposium speakers are now available to download.

    Steve Running’s Presentation: Global Change: It’s about more than just climate
    Bruno Basso’s Presentation: Global Water Cycles, Climate Change and Agriculture Part 1, Global Water Cycles, Climate Change and Agriculture Part 2
    Don Scavia’s Presentation: Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region


  • Forestry Events at 2014 Michigan State Science Festival

    posted on March 26, 2014 8:49pm

    MSU Forestry will host a series of events at this year’s 2014 MSU Science Festival. The events include:

    • Biofuels, Emerald Ash Borer and Christmas Trees: The Many Faces of Tree Research
    • Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region and Beyond: A Symposium
    • Forest Forensics
    • Forest Processes and Global Environmental Change
    • The Fungus Among Us
    • The Secret Life of Trees
    • Measuring Big Trees

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