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Forestry best management practices

Nonpoint source pollution occurs when rainfall and snowmelt move across the ground, picking up pollutants, like sediment and chemicals, that are carried into lakes, rivers, and wetlands. The primary pollutant associated with forestry activities is sediment, especially at stream crossings for forest roads and skid trails.

Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality are intended to provide simple and cost-effective methods for protecting water quality in lakes, streams, and wetlands - including important ecological and waterbody characteristics - before, during, and after forest management activities.

Download Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality Field Manual [PDF]

Chapters in the field manual

  1. Introduction
  2. Wisconsin's Water Resources
  3. Planning
  4. Forest Roads
  5. Stream Crossings
  6. Timber Harvesting
  7. Riparian Management Zones
  8. Wetlands

The first ten years

Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality 1995 - 2005 [PDF] tells about how the program was developed, education and training efforts, BMP monitoring, program accomplishments, and areas for future focus.


Forestry Best Management Practices workshops are a crucial component in the Forestry BMP Program, helping to protect water quality in Wisconsin. The workshops serve to clarify how, where, and when to appropriately apply Forestry BMPs. More than 5,000 people have attended the workshops since 1994.

If you are interested in attending a BMP workshop, you will find additional information, such as workshop descriptions, workshop schedules, and workshop registration, at FISTA's website [exit DNR].

Attend a BMP Workshops [exit DNR]

Last revised: Monday February 27 2012