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Statewide Forest Action Plan Part 1: AssessmentCriterion 4: Conservation and maintenance of soil and water resources

Major conclusions

The area of the Assessment focusing on soil and water resources draws one major conclusion based on the data.

1) The amount of forest land in Wisconsin that has some type of protection for soil and water resources is growing

Wisconsin is able to successfully protect water and soil resources using a voluntary program rather than regulation. This program uses best management practices (BMPs) to manage water quality in managed forest areas. The BMP program can be considered a success as studies have shown that silviculture is not a significant source of water quality impairment in Wisconsin. The continuation of the BMP program will continue to influence this success.

  • Over 10 million acres of Wisconsin's 16 million acres of forest land have a management focus that includes protection of soil and water resources.
  • When forestry BMPs for water quality are correctly applied, water quality is protected over 99 percent of the time. When not applied, impacts to water quality are observed 66 percent of the time.
  • Training is needed for foresters, loggers and forest road construction contractors to improve the use of forestry BMPs for forest roads and skid trails.
Last revised: Thursday September 24 2015