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.

Forestry BMPs and Trout Streams
Gives a general overview of why BMPs were created and why they are needed.  It also summarizes select BMPs, their effect on water resources, and how to mitigate damage.

Michigan Laws, Permits, and Programs
Provides a summary of Michigan laws, permits, and programs related to natural resource management near water bodies.

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.

National Core BMP Technical Guide
This technical guide provides information for implementing the National Core BMP portion of the Forest Service National BMP Program. The National BMP Program was developed to improve agency performance and accountability in managing water quality consistent with the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and State water quality programs.

Washington Forest Practices Board Manual
Washington states process for implementing BMPs

Forests and Fish Report
A report that outlines various biologically sound and economically practical solutions that will improve and protect riparian habitat.

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.

Stream Simulation: An Ecological Approach to Providing Passage for Aquatic Organisms at Road-Stream Crossings
This is a guide to stream simulation—a method for designing and building road-stream crossings intended to permit free and unrestricted movements of any aquatic species.

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.

This manual describes the specifications and techniques to properly apply voluntary BMPs. It also provides information regarding environmental laws and regulations that may apply when forest management activities occur. 

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 Design, Pollutants Controlled Calculation Assistance, and other Technical Manuals,4561,7-135-3313_71618_3682_3714-118554--,00.html
Links to Michigan DEQ BMP manuals and forms

Monitoring of Forestry BMPs in Michigan
Report details 2014 BMP audits on thirty-six recently harvested timber sites in northern Michigan

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

Water Quality Management on Forest Land
A guidebook for landowners that describes responsible actions necessary for maintaining high quality water normally associated with their land.

Forestry Best Management Practices for Illinois
BMPs Illinois uses on their forest management projects.

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.

MDEQ Part 91 Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Documents,4561,7-135-3311_4113-367593--,00.html
List of documents related to Part 91 compliance. The primary intent of Part 91 is to protect the waters of the state and adjacent properties by minimizing erosion and controlling off-site sedimentation.

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.