January 11, 2006

mlive.com: NewsFlash - Oversight groups give Michigan thumbs-up for forest management

Michigan has won a seal of approval from two independent monitoring groups for environmentally sensitive management of its 3.9 million acres of state forest.

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council recently granted Michigan certification after inspecting its woodlands and reviewing its policies in areas such as timber harvesting and protecting wildlife habitat and water quality.

"It confirms what we've said before, that we are managing the state forest in a sustainable manner," Lynne Boyd, forest management division chief with the Department of Natural Resources, said Tuesday.

mlive.com: NewsFlash - Oversight groups give Michigan thumbs-up for forest management

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