Forestry Best Management Practices

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Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are voluntary, proactive measures taken to minimize the impacts of forest management activities on water quality – specifically concerning sedimentation and erosion. Commonly applied BMPs include designation of streamside management zones (protective buffers that receive little or no direct management); use of rock fords, skidder bridges, and culverts to cross streams and creeks; constructing erosion control structures such as water bars, broad-based dips, and silt fences to minimize soil erosion and sedimentation; logging during periods of dry or frozen soil; leaving large, unsaleable trees adjacent to stream edges for den trees and nesting sites; and reseeding skid trails, haul roads, and landing areas.

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