first_img Categories: News Legislation to encourage owners of the 11 million acres of private forestlands in Michigan to join the state’s Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into law today. The nine-bill package, which includes a measure sponsored by Rep. Frank Foster, R-Petoskey, updates the program’s property tax incentives and offers educational and technical assistance. On hand for the ceremony were from left: Jamie Clover Adams, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development director; Rep. Ed McBroom; Sen. John Moolenaar; Gov. Rick Snyder; Foster; Sen. Darwin Booher, Rep. Bruce Rendon; and Sen. Tom Casperson. The program is capped at 1.2 million acres but less than 80,000 acres have been enrolled in the program designed to ensure and increase a steady, sustainable supply of timber to an industry that generates $14 billion annually and directly employs 26,000 residents. The package includes Public Acts 42-50 of 2013. 06Jun Qualified Forest Program for timber harvesting and management was signed into lawlast_img

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