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ANR-273NP

Authors as Published

Neila Cole, Graduate Research Assistant, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech; Chandler Dangle, Graduate Research Assistant, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech; Fletcher Meadema, Graduate Research Assistant, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech; Scott M. Barrett, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Forest Operations, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech; W. Michael Aust, Professor of Forestry, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech

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Best management practices (BMPs) were developed after the passage of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 to mitigate pollutants and sediment from entering streams. Forest operations are a potential source of sediment to streams surrounding harvest areas. Specifically, roads, skid trails, landings, and stream crossings can cause accelerated erosion due to the soil disturbance caused by logging equipment and exposure of bare soil (Appelboom et al. 2002). Soil erosion can result in decreased productivity, degraded water quality, and increased costs associated with state and federal environmental regulations. 


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Publication Date

December 14, 2022