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Au Sable State Forest

Replanting Our Nation’s Forests


Forest Overview

The Au Sable State Forest is a treasured landscape found in the beautiful setting of northern Michigan. The Dead Stream Swamp and Roscommon Virginia Pine Stand are two parcels of land within the forest that are designated as National Natural Landmarks. Much of the property is used to manage wildlife habitat and the preservation and restoration of forests that support rare and endangered species.

Au Sable State Forest Needs Our Help

Our partners with Michigan Department of Natural Resources have a goal of planting one million jack pine trees to improve habitat for the endangered Kirtland’s warbler. This Neotropical migratory songbird’s breeding habitat is almost exclusively confined to young, dense jack pine trees in the area. Today, Kirtland’s warblers are found in only ten counties on Michigan’s northern lower peninsula and four counties in the upper peninsula. While numbers of the singing males have increased during the last 50 years, a lot of work remains to bring this species back from the brink of extinction.


You can help repair damage to wildlife habitats. Read about our efforts in each and restore the awe-inspiring beauty of our state and national forests.

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