Idaho Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs)


Forestry best management practices (BMPs) are those found to be the most effective means of preventing or reducing non-source pollution delivered to streams and rivers by forest practices. BMPs also protect water quality by providing

  • shade, which keeps streams cool;
  • vegetation, which captures sediment before it can enter streams; and
  • large woody debris, which increases aquatic habitat.

This field guide was developed by University of Idaho Extension to educate forest landowners, managers and operators about Idaho Forest Practices Act (IFPA) rules that protect, maintain and enhance Idaho's forests and maintain high water quality. A free hard copy of this publication can be requested from any Idaho Department of Lands office.

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