(AREA) -- A state initiative offering local communities and private landowners assistance in actively managing their forest acreage will include the Thumb. According to State Senator Mike Green of Mayville, the initiative will help boost the sustainable management of Michigan's forest lands by providing landowners with the expertise of professional foresters. Senator Green says the initiative is an excellent example of a public-private partnership involving state government, local communities and private land owners voluntarily coming together to increase responsible forestry management in a way that saves taxpayer dollars without any additional government regulation or bureaucracy. There are currently 11 million acres of non-industrial private forest land in Michigan. Conservation districts will host workshops and field days to showcase forest management opportunities throughout the state. The Tuscola Conservation District has been included in the initiative and provides specialty advice to landowners in Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.