You must own a forested parcel that is at least 20 acres.
If your forested parcel is 20-39, acres, ≥ 80% must be productive (producing ≥ 20 cubic feet of wood per acre per year).
If your forested parcel is at least 40 acres, at least 50% must be productive (producing ≥ 20 cubic feet of wood per acre per year).
You find a Qualified Forester to write a management plan. A Qualified Forester must be 1) certified by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), 2) a Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) writer, 3) a Technical Service Provider (TSP) registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Forest Management Plan Development, and/or 4) a Registered Forester, or 5) a forester with the Michigan Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF).