Best Management Practices and Streams

Best Management Practices and Streams

Best Management Practices (BMPs) were created and are critical for protecting delicate forest and stream habitat during forestry and other land management operations.

The Oregon Forest Practices Act Water Protection Rules
What Oregon has found through research and experience and are what they are doing for streams and riparian habitat.

The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
A guide to voluntary actions to assist threatened and endangered fish 

Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan
The Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan (FPHCP) was developed in response to the federally threatened and endangered status of certain fish species.  It provides guidance on forest management activities that impact fish habitat.

Forest Practices Illustrated
An illustrated guide to using BMPs in forest management

Alaska Forest Practices
A website with a multitude of resources about forest practices in and around riparian zones.

Montana Forestry Best Management Practices
Guidance resource illustrating riparian buffer zones and the BMPs that help protect them.

Riparian Buffer BMP Manual
A document detailing the benefits of riparian buffers, appropriate uses for them, and how to create and manage them.

Michigan NRCS Riparian Forest Buffer Technical Guide
A document detailing the benefits of riparian buffers, appropriate uses for them, and how to create and manage them.

Current Regulations, Guidelines and Best Management Practices Concerning Forest Harvesting and Riparian Zone Management.
This guidebook sets out specific management activities within RMAs to help balance ecological, social and economic values at the landscape and stand levels.  Good information in the Appendix.

BMP landowner guides
A collection of guides to help understand and implement forestry BMPs. Covers crossings, managing for trout, and general practices.

Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines
Goal of this document is to establish basic, sensible concepts that outline responsible resource management at the site-level 

Sustaining Minnesota Forest Resources
These voluntary site-level forest management guidelines provide valuable decision-making tools for landowners, resource managers and loggers.  It has a "what to do" and a "why we do it" section.

MDNR Forestry BMP Powerpoint
Overview of DNR BMP manual. Goal is To Protect Our Waters and Site Productivity Through the Proper Use and Application of Best Management Practices

Forest Stewardship Bulletin
The BMPs in this publication are divided into three areas of forest management: planning, forest operations, and forest values. Each forest resource management component includes an objective, the primary issue on which the BMPs are based, considerations and concerns regarding the management component, and a checklist of BMPs that address those considerations and concerns.