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Silvicultural Best Management Practice Compliance Monitoring Programs in the Southern United States

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Passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) of 1972 prompted states to invest significant resources to develop programs to control nonpoint source (NPS) pollution from forestry and other activities. Forestry-related agencies and organizations have since developed silvicultural best management practice (BMP) guidelines to reduce NPS pollution, maintain stream integrity, and meet state water quality standards. To determine the effectiveness and implementation level of best management practices (BMP) on public and private forestland, states further developed and implemented their BMP compliance monitoring programs. This study documents the similarities and differences in efforts, methods, resources, and expenditures among BMP compliance monitoring programs across the 13 southern states. 29(1):48–52.

Keywords: BMPs; compliance; environmental management; expenditures; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; monitoring; natural resource management; natural resources; silviculture; southern United States

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Forest and Wildlife Research Center, College of Forest Resources Mississippi State University Box 9681 Mississippi State MS 39762 Phone: (662) 325-2792;, Fax: (662) 325-8726, Email: 2: Forest and Wildlife Research Center, College of Forest Resources Mississippi State University Box 9681 Mississippi State MS 39762 3: Forest Resource Law and Economics USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station 701 Loyola Ave New Orleans LA 70113

Publication date: 2005-02-01

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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 Southern Journal of Applied Forestry covers an area from Virginia and Kentucky south to as far west as Oklahoma and east Texas.
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