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Allegan State Game Area
Wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities abound in this 50,000-acre state game area. Allegan is a showcase for oak-pine barrens (also called oak-pine savanna)—a unique community of plants and animals adapted to life on the dry, sandy soils of this area. Allegan also features lowland hardwood and oak-pine forests, wetlands, ponds and open field.
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Michigan Forests Forever
A comprehensive source of information about Michigan's forests and Michigan forestry designed by the Michigan State University’s Extension Service especially for the needs of Michigan educators and students.  This site has lots of information on our forests.
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What Tree is That?
Sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, this interactive site will help you identify trees.
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Department of Environmental Quality and Environment:  Forest & Land Management
Michigan's forests, land and water are indeed a vibrant part of the state. They teem with plant and animal life, provide outdoor recreation opportunities, support 150,000 jobs and contribute over $12 billion to Michigan's economy each year.
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Michigan’s Forest Legacy Program
Michigan's Forest Legacy Program (FLP) is in partnership with USDA Forest Service. Its overarching goal is to protect privately owned and environmentally significant forest lands from being converted to non-forest uses. FLP is an entirely voluntary program. It seeks to accomplish this by acquisition of conservation easements, legally binding agreements transferring a negotiated set of property rights from one party to another, without removing the property from private ownership.
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Department of Environmental Quality and Environment: What is a Healthy Forest? 
This assessment from the National Forest Health Monitoring Program developed the following measures to describe the health of the forest:  Ecosystem Sustainability, Productivity, Biodiversity: Aesthetics, and Extent of Ecosystems.
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Department of Environmental Quality and Environment: Protection for Plants in Michigan
Part 365 (Endangered Species Protection) of P.A. 451 of 1994 protects all plants listed as threatened and endangered in Michigan. A Species can be listed if it has become rare in Michigan due to habitat loss, if Michigan is along the edge of its range, or simply by over-harvest. Part 365 makes it unlawful to collect, pick, cut, dig up, or destroy any threatened or endangered plant in Michigan without a permit from the MDNR. While not protected by Part 365, species listed as "special concern" should be considered rare and be treated accordingly. 
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Michigan State University Extension: Michigan Natural Features Inventory
This list presents the Endangered (E), Threatened (T), and Probably Extirpated (X) plant species of Michigan, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act of the State of Michigan (Part 365 of PA 451, 1994 Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act). The current list became effective on April 9, 2009, after extensive review by technical advisors to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the citizenry of the state.
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U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service: Forest Insect & Disease Leaflet - Gypsy Moth
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