Forest Harvest Operations -- Conclusions

The results of this study indicate that the suite of Best Management Practices implemented in this study area was effective in preventing significant impacts on stream water quality, biology, and habitat. There was no significant difference in total suspended solid concentrations or yields due to the harvesting activities. The harvesting also did not significantly impact stream habitat, benthic macroinvertebrate populations, or stream temperature. Most BMPs performed as intended and none allowed observable sediment input into waterways. Photographic evidence supports the assumption that forestry BMPs are effective if planned and installed properly. The installation and implementation of forestry Best Management Practices is subject to a wide range of variables. Installation costs are highly dependent upon local weather and site conditions. Logger awareness and training is critical to effective use of BMPs, since implementation and installation are ultimately under their control.

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

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

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