Forest Stewardship Planning and Certification Workshop

The Forest Stewardship Program connects 130 natural resource professionals with private forest landowners to help them develop a Forest Stewardship Plan to manage, protect, and enjoy their forest land. More than 5,400 landowners in Michigan have developed their own unique Forest Stewardship Plans.

This workshop will explain the Forest Stewardship Program, train and certify natural resource professionals on how to write a simple yet comprehensive Forest Stewardship Plan, and explore additional forestry programs for private landowners. A forestry degree is not required, but related education and professional experience with forest ecosystems is required for certification. Natural resource professionals who wish to become certified Forest Stewardship Plan Writers should bring their resume and an unofficial college transcript to document their natural resource credentials.

The Stewardship Network is developing 9 "Landscape Stewardship Plans" in 2016, and this workshop will also explain that partnership between TSN and the Forest Stewardship Program.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 2:15pm to 5:15pm
Mike Smalligan
Mike Smalligan is the Forest Stewardship Coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in their Lansing office. Mike is committed to administering a government program with common sense, customer service, continual improvement, and strong partnerships. Prior to joining the DNR in 2014, he operated Smalligan Forestry LLC providing consulting forestry services for private forest landowners in the southern Lower Peninsula from 2008 through 2013. Mike also worked concurrently as a Research Assistant at MSU Forestry between 2001 and 2013. He worked on a project studying the “dendroremediation” of heavy metals and on another project examining international forest carbon offset projects in Kenya and India. Mike completed his M.S. in Forestry at MSU in 2007. He is a Registered Forester, Technical Service Provider, Tree Farm Inspector, and QDMA Land Certification Inspector. He serves on the board of the Michigan Forest Foundation and is the Vice-Chairman of the Michigan Tree Farm Committee.