Forest Inventory and Analysis
This inventory of Michigan's forests is the beginning of an annual forest inventory to collect information on forest growth, health, and mortality. Over 18,000 inventory plots are located approximately every 2 miles throughout Michigan on both private and public lands, including in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The most recent inventory revealed that Michigan had 1 million more acres of forestland than recorded in 1980. In all, there are 19.3 million acres of forestland that covers 53% of the state's total land area.