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Watershed - Chief and State Foresters Sign Chesapeake Forest Restoration Strategy

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. The health of the Bay has been in decline for several decades. Excess nutrients flowing into the Bay from agriculture and developed land have caused the development of “dead zones”—areas of water depleted of oxygen where nothing can live. This watershed was once 95 percent wooded. Today, only about 55 percent of the watershed is forested, and that percentage continues to decrease by about 100 acres per day.

Forests, Water and People: Drinking water supply and forest lands in the Northeast and Midwest United States


Forests are critically important to the supply of clean drinking water in the Northeast and Midwest portion of the United States. In this part of the country more than 52 million people depend on surface water supplies that are protected in large part by forested lands. The public is generally unaware of the threats to their water supplies or the connection between clean water and the extent and condition of forest lands in source water watersheds. The future security of water supplies will not be ensured by a focus on water treatment alone.

Best Management Practices (BMP) Monitoring Manual--Field Guide: Implementation and Effectiveness for Protection of Water Resources


The specific purpose of the BMP protocol is to create an economical, standardized, and repeatable BMP monitoring process that is completely automated, from data gathering through report generation, in order to provide measured data, ease of use, and compatibility with State BMP programs.The protocol was developed to meet the following needs: document the use and effectiveness of BMPs in protecting water resources during forest harvesting operations; document the degree of compliance with the Clean Water Act as well as the Coastal Zone Management Act and various State laws and regulations; a

Best Management Practices (BMP) Manual--Desk Reference: Implementation and Effectiveness for Protection of Water Resources


The Best Management Practices (BMP) protocol project is a cooperative effort of the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters- Water Resources Committee (NAASF-WRC), Steven Koehn, Maryland State Forester, chairperson. The project has been funded by grants from the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Section 319 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 (33 U.S.C. sec.

Urban Watershed Forestry Manual, Part 3: Urban Tree Planting Guide


This manual provides detailed guidance on urban tree planting that is applicable at both the development site and the watershed scales. Topics covered include site assessment, planting design, site preparation and other pre-planting considerations, and planting and maintenance techniques. An urban tree selection guide is included for use in selecting the best tree and shrub species for the planting site.

Urban Watershed Forestry Manual, Part 1: Methods for Increasing Forest Cover in a Watershed


This publication introduces the emerging topic of urban watershed forestry. It also presents new methods for the watershed planner or forester to systematically measure watershed forest cover and select the best methods for maintaining or increasing this cover by protecting, enhancing, and reforesting large parcels of primarily public land across the watershed. These methods are based on extensive review of the latest research and input from experts in a wide range of related fields.

Planting for Michigan’s Future in Grand Rapids

The invasive emerald ash borer has contributed to the loss of tree canopy in Grand Rapids, MI, a trend that runs counter to the city’s goal of increasing canopy cover. Standing dead trees can present an eyesore or a safety hazard, negatively affecting some residents’ perception of trees. While planting new trees in public areas can begin to address the loss, educating residents about the value of urban trees will encourage further replacement. Creating a sense of ownership of neighborhood trees increases the likelihood that community members will help keep them healthy.

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