NCASI, SAF, and Virginia Tech host symposium on BMP effectiveness

NCASI, the Society of American Foresters, and the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Conservation recently hosted a successful Symposium on Forestry Best Management Practice Effectiveness in the Eastern U.S. in Blacksburg, Virginia.

The symposium opened on the evening of May 12 with a welcome reception and poster session. Attendees were then treated to 40 invited and volunteered technical presentations over 1½ days, covering results from studies assessing effectiveness of best management practices (BMPs) related to streamside management zones, wetland harvesting, forest roads, skid trails and stream crossings; methods for assessing BMP performance; state and federal BMP effectiveness monitoring; BMP implementation; BMPs for woody biomass production; and other topics.

A full-day field tour highlighted several NCASI and forest industry funded projects evaluating the effectiveness of BMP prescriptions for skid trail closure and for upgrading legacy roads and stream crossings.

A special issue of the Journal of Forestry is currently being organized to highlight findings from several research projects discussed at the symposium.

More than 125 individuals representing academia, state and federal agencies, and the forest products industry attended the symposium. Sponsors included Plum Creek Timber Company, International Paper, the National Alliance of Forest Owners, Georgia Pacific, Weyerhaeuser Company, Rayonier, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Enviva, West Frasier, and the Southern Group of State Foresters.


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