A Landscape-Level Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis of Streamside Management Zones on the Cumberland Plateau

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In this study, we developed and tested a geographic information system methodology to measure the width and slope of streamside management zones (SMZs). We also assessed the compliance of SMZs on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee with the quantitative portions of state best management practices and the sustainable forestry standards used by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). We found that using different standards greatly affected overall SMZ compliance and that FSC-level compliance varied as a function of type and resident status of forest owner.

Keywords: Best Management Practices; GIS; Streamside Management Zones; remote sensing; riparian buffers; sustainable forestry

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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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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