Fact: The Huron-Manistee National Forests are the only National Forests in Lower Michigan.
The Huron-Manistee National Forests comprise almost a million acres of public lands extending across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. The Huron-Manistee National Forests provide recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife, and resources for local industry.
The forests of northern Michigan are rich in history. In the late 1800s logging was at its peak and these forests were quickly cut and cleared. In 1909, the Huron National Forest was established and the Manistee National Forest was formed in 1938. In 1945, these two National Forests were administratively combined. Working hand in hand with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other partners, the Forest Service has changed the lands into healthy forests again. We've made great progress in recovering these lands but a great deal of work remains, much of which is being done through partnerships.
The 2006 Forest Plan, Chapter IV, Monitoring and Evaluation, provides programmatic direction for monitoring and evaluating Forest Plan implementation. It defines the over-arching, strategic questions that must be addressed by the Forest Service through monitoring, including broad timetables and schedules for analysis and reporting. The monitoring and evaluation process enables the Forest Service to assess its effectiveness in moving toward stated management goals and desired conditions.
To view copies of past monitoring plans visit the Land and Resource Management section of the website.