UI Website Aims to Simplify Forestry Best Management Practices

Wednesday, May 1 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho – A new website is taking root to help forest owners and others comply with Idaho forestry best management practices designed to protect water quality and the environment.

University of Idaho Extension Forestry and the Idaho Department of Lands developed the website, www.idahoforestrybmps.org. It explains the importance of best management practices or BMPs toprotecting watersheds, water quality and other environmental benefits.

The website is a work in progress. Much of the material that will help forest managers, landowners and others will be added as a companion manual and as videos are developed.

BMPs are defined as practices that are the most effective and practicable means of preventing or reducing the amount of erosion resulting from forest practices.

Providing links to key state and federal forestry agencies, the website also offers primers on filling out notifications of forest practices and stream channel alteration permits, key documents required for most forestry operations.

Readily available, easily understood information for forest owners and managers is the goal of the new website, said Randy Brooks, UI Extension forestry specialist at Moscow.

Yvonne Barkley, associate extensionforestry specialist at Moscow, led the production of information for the website.

“We want people to look at this and say this is the shining example of providing good information about forest bestmanagement practices to the public,” Brooks said.

The website and a new BMP handbook and videos due in two years aim to translate the Idaho Forest Practices Act andregulations into easily understood, useful information.

“The hope is that anyone who wants to learn about forestry and why we protect water quality and other environmental values will benefit from this project,” Brooks added.

UI Extension Forestry created the website in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Lands, U.S. Forest Service, Idaho Forest Products Commission, Idaho Associated Logging Contractors, Project Learning Tree/Idaho, Idaho Forest Owners Association and Idaho Tree Farm Program.

 

The project is funded by a $300,000 U.S. Forest Service grant, which also supports a companion project in Montana.