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Brian Sugden, Plum Creek, brian.sugden@plumcreek.com (Presenter)

 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Over the past three decades, states have developed a variety of programs to minimize impacts of forestry operations under the CWA. These programs range from voluntary programs to implement forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) to fully regulatory forest practices acts. Other states have programs that include elements of both voluntary and regulatory approaches. This session will explore forestry programs from five states across United States. Each state will describe its approach for water quality protection in forests, provide an overview of logger and landowner education and certification programs, present results of compliance monitoring, and summarize research and other information on the effectiveness of the state program. Each state will then describe future policy, science, and/or data needs to advance protection of forest water quality in the state. This session will be accompanied by a special poster session on the same topic that will include all states with commercial forestry from across the US.