from Michigan State University Extension


Try answering these 16 questions about forests to see how familiar you might be with one of our greatest natural resources.  Some of the answers might surprise you! 

NAmerica.jpg (8705 bytes)1. The forest area in the North America is about ____ percent of what it was in the year 1600?

a) 70%  
b) 50%   
c) 33%  
d) 25%  
e) 17%

USA.jpg (6793 bytes)2. Which of these statements most accurately describes the U.S. forest resource?

a) forest harvest exceeds net growth by 8%
b) forest harvest exceeds net growth by 3%
c) forest harvest roughly equals net growth
d) net forest growth exceeds harvest by 21%
e) net forest growth exceeds harvest by 37%

KualaLumpur.jpg (19839 bytes)3. At current rates of deforestation, 40 percent of today’s forest in the United States will be lost by the middle of the century?

a) true      
b) false

Products.jpg (15137 bytes)4. The use of wood products in the United States …

a) has declined significantly since 1960.
b) has remained the same level for the last 50 years.
c) is growing slowly as the population increases.
d) has increased on a per capita basis by over 30% since 1970.

MI green.jpg (9741 bytes)5. How much of Michigan is forested?

a) 10%   
b) 30%   
c) 50%   
d) 70%   
e) 90%

DeforestMI.jpg (16660 bytes)6. At current rates of deforestation, most of the Michigan forest will be lost by the middle of the century.

a) true      
b) false

SugarMaple.jpg (15979 bytes)7. Which tree species is most common in Michigan?

a) sugar maple
b) red maple
c) balsam fir
d) quaking aspen
e) northern white cedar

KarnerBlue.jpg (9332 bytes)8. How many animals & plants are listed by the DNR as endangered or threatened?

a) 12   
b) 27   
c) 81   
d) 104   
e) 139

SawyerMill.jpg (26685 bytes)9. How much is Michigan's forest industry worth?

a) $570 million
b) $1.2 billion
c) $3.9 billion
d) $5.8 billion
e) $9 billion

Fungus1.jpg (16524 bytes)10. What is the greatest cause of tree death in Michigan?

a) disease
b) insects
c) logging
d) fire
e) weather

QASP-leaf1.jpg (6388 bytes)11. How do aspen trees usually reproduce?

a) seeds
b) root suckers
c) planting
d) they don’t

Moose.jpg (33657 bytes)12. Where forests are mostly mature, deer, moose, and grouse tend to:

a) be more abundant
b) be less abundant
c) not be affected

CO2O2.jpg (9724 bytes)13. A forest will grow faster and absorb more carbon dioxide
("greenhouse gas") when they are:

a) young
b) middle-aged
c) mature
d) doesn’t matter

BldgMaterials.jpg (9013 bytes)14. Which building material is most environmentally friendly?

a) brick
b) concrete
c) aluminum
d) steel
e) wood
f) plastic

15. About how many wood-using mills are there in Michigan?Sawblade.jpg (5131 bytes)

a) 89     
b) 174    
c) 235    
d) 367   
e) 448

16. How many trees are planted in Michigan every year?Seedling-Stump.jpg (12025 bytes)

a) 3,000
b) 30,000
c) 300,000
d) 3,000,000
e) 30,000,000


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This site created and maintained by Bill Cook, MSU Extension Forester for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   Editing and modification is ongoing.  Submit suggestions, questions, and corrections to cookwi@msu.edu or call 906-786-1575.