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Forest Buffer Strips: Mapping the Water Quality Benefits

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Forest buffer strips are widely recommended for trapping nonpoint-source pollutants and protecting surface water quality, yet few models are designed to identify key areas for buffer installation and management. This article presents a conceptual model of polluted runoff dynamics to provide traction in estimating watershed-wide forest buffer needs. Inputs required for these estimates include elevation and land-cover maps, along with derived products that represent basic nutrient runoff principles.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; hydrology; natural resource management; natural resources; nonpoint-source pollution

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Watershed Hydrologist Faculty in Forestry and Environmental Resources Engineering, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 207 Marshall Hall, One Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY, 13210-2788,

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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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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