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A perfect companion to Michigan Trees

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Chapter 1: The Forests of Michigan Today     1

Chapter 2: The Ecology of Michigan's Forests     31

Chapter 3: The Ice Retreats and Michigan's Forests Return     52

Chapter 4: Forests and the Native People of Michigan     72

Chapter 5: The Forests of the Early Nineteenth Century     93

Chapter 6: The Plunder of Michigan's Pineries     118

Chapter 7: The Fiery Aftermath of the Plunder     149

Chapter 8: Forestry Is Born and Recovery Begins     173

Chapter 9: The Renewal of Michigan's Forests     192

Chapter 10: Public and Private Forests     217

Chapter 11: Shaping Michigan's Forests     238

Chapter 12: Forests in Michigan's Future     261

References     279


Completely revised and updated, this new edition of The Forests of Michigan takes a comprehensive look at the natural history, ecology, management, economic importance, and use of the rich and varied forests that cover about half of Michigan's 36.3 million acres. The book explores how the forests regrew after the great Wisconsin glacier began to recede over 12,000 years ago, and how they recovered from the onslaught of unrestrained logging and wildfire that, beginning in the mid-1800s, virtually wiped them out. The emphasis of the book is on long-term efforts to sustain the state’s forests, with a view of sustainability that builds not only upon the lessons learned from native peoples' attitude and use of trees, but also on the latest scientific principles of forest ecology and management. Generously illustrated and written in an engaging style, The Forests of Michigan sees the forest and the trees, offering both education and delight.

Donald I. Dickmann is Professor Emeritus of Forestry at Michigan State University and holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of The Culture of Poplars.  Larry A. Leefers is Associate Professor in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. He holds a doctorate from Michigan State University.

". . . a wealth of information about the vast woodlands
that drew white settlers to Michigan. . . ."
---Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press

“Besides presenting the latest scientific principles of forest ecology, anecdotes, maps, and color photographs make this book an enjoyable read.”
Michigan History