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MANAGE FORESTS & LAND
  • WATER RESOURCES AND BMPS: BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

    Approximately 14.4 million acres of forested lands in Texas are suitable for the production of timber. Forest operations associated with management, harvest and regeneration can potentially degrade water quality if done improperly. Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) are the principal means of protecting water resources during forestry activities.

    Forestry BMPs are conservation practices that protect soil and water resources, two key elements necessary for growing a healthy, sustainable, and productive forest. BMPs can include methods such as leaving a buffer zone of trees next to a stream, installing a culvert to cross a waterway, or establishing grass on forest roads to prevent erosion.

    Texas A&M Forest Service, in cooperation with the forest sector and numerous other partners, develops and periodically updates non-regulatory BMP guidelines, provides education, outreach, and training on their application; and monitors their implementation on randomly selected forest operations. Over the years, the use of BMPs has become common throughout the forest sector.

    BMP guidelines

    The Texas Forestry Best Management Practices Handbook was developed through a cooperative stakeholder process in 1989. Since that time, the guidelines have been revised four times based on new research, technology, operations and monitoring results to ensure water resources are protected during forest operations. A native smartphone application, Texas Forestry BMPs, was developed in 2016 and can be downloaded from the App store or Google Play

     

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     + Contact
    Hughes Simpson
    Program Coordinator
    200 Technology Way, Suite 1281
    College Station, TX 77845
    979-458-6630 office
    hsimpson@tfs.tamu.edu
    Todd Thomas
    Staff Forester
    2127 S. First St.
    Lufkin, TX 75901
    936-639-8182 office
    tthomas@tfs.tamu.edu


    Donna Work

    Biologist
    2127 S. First St.
    Lufkin, TX 75901
    936-639-8191 office
    dwork@tfs.tamu.edu


    Lori Hazel

    Staff Forester
    101 South Main Street
    Temple, TX 76501
    254-742-9874 office
    lhazel@tfs.tamu.edu


    Hannah Cruce

    Staff Forester
    2040 North Loop West, Ste. 380
    Houston, TX 77018
    713-688-1248 office
    hcruce@tfs.tamu.edu
     

    Jeff McFall
    Staff Forester
    15110 Jones Maltsberger, Suite 103
    San Antonio, Texas 78247
    210-213-9876 office
    jmcfall@tfs.tamu.edu

     
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