The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) will receive a total of $40,000 over two years, beginning in 2012, to survey and report on the development and implementation of best management practices related to water quality in all U.S. states and territories. The work will inform SFI standards, and result in a database land managers can use to assess the level of best management practices implementation in their state.
Supporting the SFI Standard
Principle 3 of the SFI 2010-2014 Standard is: "To protect water bodies and riparian zones, and to conform with best management practices to protect water quality." The project will support this principle as well as Objective 3: Protection and Maintenance of Water Resources and Objective 10: Adherence to Best Management Practices. It will provide program participants with current information about state-developed best management practices, how they are administered, and potential gaps in compliance, as well as supporting future SFI Standard revisions.
In addition to the NASF, the U.S. Forest Service is also involved in the project.
The project will update an assessment of best management practices development and implementation in each state and territory, last conducted by the NASF in 2004. It will highlight strengths and weaknesses, as well as funding and policy implications. The results can be used to promote continuous improvement in the protection and enhancement of water resources in the United States. A comprehensive literature review will also be prepared that documents the state of knowledge about the effectiveness of best management practices.
The data will be analyzed and the results published in peer-reviewed outlets. A searchable database will give SFI program participants ready access to each state's published best management practices documents, compliance rates, agency authorities, regulatory requirements and effectiveness studies. This will allow them to identify and address potential gaps in best management practices compliance, and will inform future SFI Standard revisions.
About the National Association of State Foresters
The National Association of State Foresters is a non-profit organization made up of the directors of forestry agencies in the states, territories and the District of Columbia of the United States. The association seeks to discuss, develop, sponsor and promote programs and activities which will advance the practice of sustainable forestry, the conservation and protection of forest lands and associated resources and the establishment and protection of forests in the urban environment.
- News Release- State Foresters Receive SFI Grant to Measure Water Quality Successes
July 11, 2012
In the News
- Press Release - SFI Investment in Forest Research Strengthens Conservation
January 8, 2014
- Press Release - SFI Forest Partners Program and American Tree Farm System Grow Certification in South Carolina
September 19, 2013
- Press Release - SFI and Audubon Team Up Bird Scientists with Forest Managers to Implement Conservation Programs
June 18, 2013
- Press Release- SFI Pledges $400,000 in 2013 for Conservation Research
February 6, 2013
- Press Release- SFI Awards Grant to Support Water Quality Research
July 16, 2012
- Press Release- State Foresters Receive SFI Grant to Measure Water Quality Successes
July 11, 2012
- Press Release- New Online Tool Supports Fight Against Illegal Logging
June 27, 2012
- Press Release- SFI Awards $32,000 Research Grant to Protect Water Resources in the Boreal Forest
May 30, 2012
- SFI Grant Supports Manual to Assist American Chestnut Restoration
November 21, 2011
- Evans Lake receives SFI Grant for Forest Education Symposium
June 23, 2011
- Press Release- SFI Funds Community-based Education and Green Building Projects
June 20, 2011
- JustMeans headline news video - SFI and Audubon NY
June 17, 2011
- Press Release- SFI Grant Helps Audubon New York Link Forest Management to Bird Conservation
June 6, 2011