Monitoring Compliance with BMPs: The Experience of State Forestry Agencies

Authors: Ellefson, P.V.1; Kilgore, M.A.2; Phillips, M.J.3

Source: Journal of Forestry, Volume 99, Number 1, 1 January 2001 , pp. 11-17(7)

Publisher: Society of American Foresters

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Thirty-four states implement compliance monitoring programs to determine whether voluntary or mandatory forest practices are being applied by landowners and timber harvesters. In only 20 states does the lead forestry agency have sole responsibility for monitoring. Since the early 1990s, some states have completed five or more monitoring survey cycles, the most recent costing an average of $60,000. Effectiveness of compliance monitoring is enhanced by positive landowners' and harvesters' attitudes, assignment of monitoring responsibility to a single agency, credible monitoring processes, and sufficient resources.

Keywords: best management practices; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nonindustrial private forestry; policy

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Professor of Forest Resource Policy and Administration University of Minnesota, 1530 North Cleveland Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55108-1027, 2: Executive Director Minnesota Forest Resources Council, St. Paul 3: Supervisor Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Programs, Division of Forestry, St. Paul.

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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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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