Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a package of four bills that would have eliminated the state foresters registry.

The veto came despite a recommendation from the Office of Regulatory Reform that the bills should become law.

In his veto message, Snyder said he opposed the total elimination of the registry.
He noted Michigan's more than four million acres of public forest land, adding (quote) "without certification to ensure appropriate education and training, the objectives of both public and private programs would be compromised."      

The governor did say that the Legislature should resubmit the bills so they modernize the forestry's current regulatory system in Michigan.

He added that Michigan should have a "clear, concise and rigorous licensing program for foresters," to "help achieve long-term goals for capitalizing on the enormous public and private forest resources" in Michigan.