Streamside Management Zones

Perhaps the most effective and beneficial BMP is the Streamside Management Zone (SMZ). An SMZ is a forested buffer surrounding perennial and intermittent streams that is managed with specific attention given to protecting water quality. Texas Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are state-of-the-art, non-regulatory (voluntary) methods designed to prevent erosion and protect water quality during and after forest management activities.

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