Best Management Practices
In Maine, Forestry Best Management Practices–or BMPs–are a combination of regulatory and voluntary measures designed to protect water quality on timber harvests.
BMPs are based on a few basic principles, which when understood, allow loggers to select the most effective and efficient BMP practices for use on a particular timber harvest.
Please click the link below for a copy of our forestry BMP field manual, “Best Management Practices for Forestry: Protecting Maine’s Water Quality.” Also available is the 2018-19 biennial BMP monitoring report “Maine Forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) Use and Effectiveness.”
Past Maine Forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) Use and Effectiveness Reports
SFI “EZ Bar” Water Bar Installation Instructional Videos
The EZ Bar is a technique that evolved from years of forestry BMP training with foresters and loggers in Maine. Below are step by step instructional videos on the EZ Bar installation technique:
Forestry BMPs In Action: Risky Wood Vs. Safe Wood
University Forests Manager Keith Kanoti discusses a timber harvest on the Penobscot Experimental Forest: Risky Wood vs Safe Wood - YouTube