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State Survey of Silviculture Nonpoint Source Programs: A Comparison of the 2000 Northeastern and National Results

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The National Association of State Foresters conducts surveys of silviculture nonpoint source (NPS) pollution control programs to measure progress and identify needs. The 2000 survey results are summarized here for the nation and for the 20-state northeastern region. Current emphasis of NPS pollution programs is on education, training, and monitoring. Educational efforts are used to make more landowners aware of their responsibilities to control pollution during timber harvesting and to make the public and lawmakers more aware of effective pollution control procedures for forestry. Training of foresters, loggers, and landowners in NPS pollution control expanded during the last 4 yr in part due to forest industry's Sustainable Forest Initiative and increased logger accreditation and forester licensing programs. Several states reported improved compliance and performance in controlling NPS pollution as a result of certification and licensing programs. Recommendations are made to continue the progress in NPS pollution control in forestry.
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Keywords: Nonpoint source pollution; best management practices; emerging issues; regulatory controls

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Research Hydrologist USDA Forest Service, Timber and Watershed Laboratory, P.O. Box 404 Parsons, WV, 26287, 2: Hydrologist (Retired) USDA Forest Service, 97 Seavey St., Westbrook, ME, 04092,

Publication date: 2002-09-01

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  • Each regional journal of applied forestry focuses on research, practice, and techniques targeted to foresters and allied professionals in specific regions of the United States and Canada. The Northern Journal of Applied Forestry covers northeastern, midwestern, and boreal forests in the United States and Canada.
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