Aug 1, 2018

Michigan Revises Guidance for Protecting Water and Soil Quality During Forest Management Activities

Michigan's Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) manual was revised with a third update and released this summer. The manual provides guidance and specifications for both voluntary and legally-required practices for protecting water quality, critical habitat, and aquatic resources while conducting timber harvesting or other forest-related natural resource management activities. The nearly 70-page manual addresses integrating the water and soil protection practices that can prevent erosion, sedimentation, and soil compaction as an essential part of maintaining healthy forests and watersheds. The highest quality surface and ground water is closely associated with healthy, productive, stable forests and results in more habitat for healthy fisheries, clear water that is attractive to recreationists, and clean drinking water that requires less treatment. BMPs for soil and water quality are designed to protect general water quality, water temperature, nutrient balance, habitat diversity and hydrologic processes.