Symposium on forestry BMPs

Forestry best management practices (BMPs) are an important tool for protecting water quality. In recent years, the body of research documenting BMP effectiveness has grown significantly and the legal context in which information about BMP effectiveness is used has continued to evolve. Today, managers are faced with questions such as what levels of BMP effectiveness are “sufficient” and how effectiveness should be measured under the Clean Water Act.

To promote discussion of recent findings from forestry BMP effectiveness research and how they relate to such questions, NCASI and partners are organizing a Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice Effectiveness in the Eastern U.S. for May 12-15, 2014. Symposium objectives are to (1) communicate recent research findings on BMP effectiveness in the eastern US, and (2) catalogue BMP research needs and identify directions for future research.

The symposium will be held on the Virginia Tech campus and will feature two days of invited and volunteered presentations (both oral and poster presentations) plus a full day field tour of BMP effectiveness research.

Registration, abstract submission, sponsor information, and more information about lodging and other aspects of the symposium are at We anticipate that participants will be eligible for Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits from the Society of American Foresters (SAF).


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