Protecting the Nation’s Water: State Forestry Agencies and Best Management Practices

State forestry agencies play a critical role in ensuring that forests—and the water resources they provide—are protected and properly managed.

States have been evaluating, testing, and revising their forestry best management practices (BMPs) guidelines since the 1970s, steadily improving the efficacy of these standards for protecting water quality before, during, and after silvicultural activities take place.

According to the latest NASF report on forestry BMPs and their use nationwide, loggers and other forest practitioners use BMPs when and where they are needed 92 percent of the time.

Learn more about BMPs—including how and why they’re used and to what effect—in the latest NASF BMP report linked below. Looking for just the highlights? Click here to read more in NASF’s Newsroom.

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