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BMP Landowner Guides

The following resources are available to help landowners, loggers and natural resource managers understand and implement forestry best management practices (BMPs).

Wisconsin's Forestry BMP Field Manual

Wisconsin's Forestry Best Management Practices for Water Quality Field Manual [PDF] lists over 118 BMPs for forestry activities including road building, timber harvesting, prescribed burning and the application of chemicals.

Forest Management Guidelines

Wisconsin Forest Management Guidelines (FMG) outlines practical, site-specific considerations that land managers need to take into account when they plan and carry out forestry operations. The FMG covers sustainable forest management principles that can serve recreation, wildlife habitat improvement, endangered species protection, water quality, forest products and many other objectives.

Forest Management Practices: Managing Water Series

The Managing Water Series [PDF], University of Minnesota Extension Service Publications #1 - 13 1998, provides guidance on the planning, construction and maintenance of forest roads, trails, landing and stream and wetland crossing. The goals of this series are to limit erosion, help meet landowner objectives, improve safety and reduce costs.

  1. Project Planning: Locating Roads, Landings, Skid Trails and Crossings [PDF]
  2. Managing Water on Roads, Skid Trails and Landings [PDF]
  3. Earth-Berm Water Bars [PDF]
  4. Using Logging Debris or Logs to Build Water Bars [PDF]
  5. Conveyor Belt Water Bars [PDF]
  6. Broad-based Dips [PDF]
  7. Open-Top Culverts [PDF]
  8. Shaping Roads and Trails [PDF]
  9. Roadside and Diversion Ditches [PDF]
  10. Cross-Drainage Culverts [PDF]
  11. Project Closure [PDF]
  12. Making and Using Measurement Tools - Basal Area [PDF]
  13. Making and Using Measurement Tools - Slope [PDF]

Forest Management Practices: Crossing Options Series

Timber harvesting and hauling equipment can damage water quality by stirring up sediment, harming fish and other aquatic organisms, if stream crossings are not properly designed, installed and maintained. The Crossing Options Series [PDF], University of Minnesota Extension Service Publications #1 - 16 1998, provides guidance on special stream crossing options that can minimize the impact to water quality and fish habitat. Many of these options are temporary and can be reused at another crossing.

  1. Temporary Stream Crossing Options [PDF]
  2. Fords [PDF]
  3. Culverts [PDF]
  4. Ice Bridges [PDF]
  5. Timber Bridges [PDF]
  6. Railroad Car, Steel and Prestressed Concrete Bridges [PDF]
  7. PVC or HDPE Pipe Bundle Crossings [PDF]
  8. Temporary Wetland Crossing Options [PDF]
  9. Wood Mats [PDF]
  10. Wood Panels and Pallets [PDF]
  11. Expanded Metal Grating [PDF]
  12. PVC or HDPE Pipe Mats and Plastic Roads [PDF]
  13. Bridge Decks, Tire Mats and Pole Rails [PDF]
  14. Corduroy Crossings [PDF]
  15. Low-Ground-Pressure Equipment [PDF]
  16. Equipment with Central Tire Inflation [PDF]

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