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Reducing Forest Road Erosion: Do Foresters and Logging Contracts Matter?

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In West Virginia, as in several other states, loggers are solely responsible for implementing best management practices (BMP) to prevent soil erosion and protect water quality. A study reveals that not even the stipulation of provisions for BMPs in logging contracts results in above-average rates of compliance. Extending responsibility for BMP implementation to those individuals often most responsible for the timing and conduct of logging--the landowner--may promote better workmanship. Further, an ethic that translates landowners' satisfaction with logging into satisfaction with soil and water quality may be a useful component of extension education programs. Among the findings: Landowners who hired a professional forester to conduct their timber sales had a higher level of compliance.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Assistant Professor, Department of Forest Management, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469

Publication date: August 1, 1999

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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