BOSTON, Mass. — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been honored by the Forest Stewardship Council for its work to sustainably manage nearly 4 million acres of state forests.
The DNR was awarded a Leadership Award for being one of the longest-standing FSC-certified forest managers in the Lake States region. The certification includes a rigorous and independent review to ensure forest management practices meet the highest standards for environmental and social benefits.
“Michigan forests have been certified for more than a decade and we’re proud of that,” said Deb Begalle, chief of the DNR’s Forest Resources Division, in a statement. “It’s important to the people of Michigan that we manage forests to ensure they are here for our children and grandchildren. We can do that in a way that provides the wood products people use every day, offers quality wildlife habitat, and protects the environment.”
The DNR is one of sixteen organizations and individuals to earn a Leadership Award. Michigan is certified by both the FSC and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
To learn more about the Forest Stewardship Council, click HERE.