Michigan Fast Facts for Today
- Plums - Michigan produced 1,400 tons of fresh and processed plums in 2011 totaling nearly $1 million. Michigan is the 4th largest producer of plums in the nation.
- The first explorer to come to Michigan in the early 1600s was Etienne BrulÄ, a Frenchman.
- The United States and state of Michigan publicly own more than a third of Michigan's commercial forest land, or approximately 7,000,000 acres of forest. This amount of land, when combined, is larger than the state of Vermont.
- The state highway system has over 1,900 miles of paved shoulders (greater than four feet wide) suitable for bicycling and over 100 miles of separate paths.