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Trends for Forestry Best Management Practices Implementation

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The 1972 Clean Water Act initiated a national effort to address all sources of water pollution. One outcome was development of forestry nonpoint source control programs that use best management practices (BMP) and other tools to minimize water quality impacts. These programs can only be successful if BMPs are effective and if implementation rates are high. Many states have assessed rates of forestry BMP implementation with more than one survey and are beginning to develop histories that track trends. Trend data at the regional and national levels show generally high and increasing levels of implementation. Here, we use the volume of timber harvested in each state to adjust contributions to a national implementation average. The overall national forestry BMP implementation rate is estimated to be 89%. Factors contributing to increased implementation include federal and state legislation, regulation, and extension; certification programs; and public pressure.
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Keywords: best management practices; nonpoint source; water quality

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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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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