Symposium on the effectiveness of forestry BMPs

Forestry best management practices (BMPs) are important tools 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 about 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.” The Symposium will be held May 12-15, 2014 on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia.

This symposium will feature two days of invited and volunteered presentations (both oral and poster) plus a full-day field tour of BMP effectiveness research. Abstract submissions are currently being sought for the following session tracks: (i) Roads and Stream Crossings; (ii) Riparian and Wetland Management; (iii) Paired Watershed Research; (iv) Forest Chemicals; (v) Nutrients; (vi) Biomass; (vii) Aquatic Biota; (viii) Policy and Certification. The deadline for early registration and abstract submission is March 31, 2014. Additional information is posted at 


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