Forestry auto tour app available

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Society of American Foresters has made available an app for the popular Upper Peninsula Forestry Auto Tour. This app, compatible with most Windows- and Android-supported devices, is available for free download from the Google Play Store (play.google.com). From there, click on “apps,” and then search for “UP Forestry Auto Tour.” Officials said an Apple/I-phone-compatible app was to be made available soon.

The app provides information about the self-guided forestry auto tour that winds through the U.P. The tour is designed to guide travelers along U.P. highways and help people learn about the scenic and productive forests.

As you drive through the U.P., you may see road signs with a distinctive green shield with a number that corresponds to a forest type. A map showing most of these sign locations can be found in this app, along with descriptions and pictures of the various forest types that are managed for timber, recreation, and ecological values.

The Upper Peninsula Forestry Auto Tour is just one of the many projects supported by the MSAF to promote the understanding and appreciation of Michigan’s forests.

If you would like a brochure that contains much of the information contained in the app, visit any of the 14 Michigan Department of Transportation Welcome Centers.

The MSAF serves those professional natural resource managers responsible for the stewardship of forests and is part of the Society of American Foresters, the national scientific and education organization representing the forestry profession in the United States.

For more information on the Michigan Society of American Foresters, visit http://www.mchigansaf.org.