Idaho Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Water. Cool, clean, plentiful water. Idaho’s 93,000 miles of rivers and streams support many uses.
In Idaho, as in all of the western United States, water rights, water quantity and water quality are at the center of many of our environmental challenges.
Forestry best management practices (BMPs) are those found to be the most effective means of preventing or reducing nonsource 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.
Class I Streamside Tree Retention Rule
A revised Class I Tree Retention Rule (Shade Rule) was approved by the Idaho Legislature in 2014. The new Shade Rule applies to all forest landowners in Idaho that have Class I streams on their property.
Idaho Forestry Best Management Practices Field Guide
Using BMPs to Protect Water Quality
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