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Colorado Forestry Best Management Practices Forest Stewardship Guidelines for Water Quality Protection 2012: Field Audit Report

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Planning & Development
Site Assessments & Mapping
In an effort to proactively protect water quality, Colorado has implemented Best Management Practices (BMPs) for forestry activities. BMPs are a set of water-quality protection measures and guidelines that provide direction on planning, roads, Streamside Management Zones (SMZs), timber harvesting, pesticides and fertilizers, stream crossings and fire management.  
 
In September 2012, an interdisciplinary team visited six timber-harvest sites in southwest Colorado to assess Colorado forestry BMP application and effectiveness. Each site was evaluated on planning, roads, SMZs, timber harvesting, hazardous substances, stream crossings and fire management, according to written criteria in the Field Audit Rating Guide.

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