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Best Management Practices

    Best Management Practices (BMPs) are guidelines adopted by the state forestry commissions as a result of Section 208 of the 1972 Federal Water Pollution Control Act (PL 92-500). The primary purpose of BMPs is to protect water quality from non-point source pollution. Timber harvest contracts require loggers to implement BMPs. BMP guidelines include recommendations for the following:
    1. Construction, stabilization, and maintenance of forest roads
    2. Protection of streams and riparian areas through the use of buffers; each state has different buffer requirements depending on slope and type of stream (intermittent, perennial, or special status such as trout streams)
    3. Site preparation, land clearing (including food plots), and reforestation
    4. Utilization of prescribed burning, pesticides, and fertilization
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