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    Author(s): Joan Carlson; Pam Edwards; Todd Ellsworth; Michael Eberle
    Date: 2015
    Source: FS-1070. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 36 p.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Description

    The National BMP Program provides National Core BMPs, standardized monitoring protocols to evaluate implementation and effectiveness of the National Core BMPs, and a data management system to store and analyze the resulting monitoring data. BMP evaluations are completed by interdisciplinary teams of resource specialists and include assessments of whether BMP prescriptions were planned, implemented, and effective at meeting water resource objectives. BMP implementation and BMP effectiveness are rated separately according to a standardized rating system. A composite BMP performance rating based on the implementation and effectiveness ratings is given to evaluations in which both implementation and effectiveness assessments have been completed at the same site. Assigning a rating outcome to each BMP evaluation enables tracking of patterns and trends in BMP performance over time at multiple scales within the agency. In addition, during the field evaluations, information is gathered on site-specific actions or changes in procedures that would improve BMP implementation or effectiveness. This information can be used to adjust management practices to better protect water resources on NFS lands.

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    Citation

    Carlson, Joan; Edwards, Pam; Ellsworth, Todd; Eberle, Michael. 2015. National best management practices monitoring summary report, program phase-in period fiscal years 2013-2014. FS-1070. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 36 p.

    Keywords

    best management practices, BMP, USDA Forest Service, National Forests

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