The Forest Stewardship Program connects private forest landowners with 170 natural resource professionals to help them develop a Forest Stewardship Plan to manage, protect, and enjoy their forest land. More than 5,700 landowners in Michigan have developed their own unique Forest Stewardship Plan in the past 25 years. 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 6 "Landscape Stewardship Plans" in 2017, and this workshop will also explain that partnership between TSN and the Forest Stewardship Program.
Mike Smalligan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Mike Smalligan is the Forest Stewardship Coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources in their Lansing office. Mike is committed to administering a government forestry 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. Mike has also worked as a Research Assistant at the MSU Department of Forestry on a "dendroremediation" study and an international forest carbon development project. Mike has a B.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences and a M.S. in Forestry, both from MSU. He is a Registered Forester, Technical Service Provider, and an Inspector for the American Tree Farm System forest certification program. He serves on the board of the Michigan Forest Foundation and is the Vice-Chairman of the Michigan Tree Farm Committee.