Forest Harvest Operations -- Goals & Objectives
Goals & Objectives

The overall goal of this project is to implement a suite of forestry Best Management Practices on a small watershed on Sugarloaf Mountain, and to evaluate the effectiveness of these BMPs in protecting water quality. Specific objectives of this project include:

    (1) Calculate baseline suspended sediment concentrations/loads and baseline biotic conditions (temperature, benthic macroinvertebrates, habitat) for both the treatment and control watersheds;
    (2) Install a BMP system on harvest sites within the treatment watershed;
    (3) Calculate suspended sediment concentrations and loads resulting from harvest operations in the treatment watershed, and evaluate the impact on living resources;
    (4) Evaluate the efficiency of individual BMPs via on-site inspections during and/or immediately following storm events.

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This study was funded through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Forest Service and Chesapeake & Coastal Watershed Service
Annapolis, Maryland / April 2000 / FWHS-FS-00-01

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