Water and Soils

Keeping a close eye on how activities in your woods impact water and soils is an essential part of successful woodland care and management. The information below can help you maintain soil and water quality in your woods.

ATFS Standard 4: Protecting the Air, Water and Soil
Forest-management practices maintain or enhance the environment and ecosystems including air, water, soil and site quality.


Properly managed forests are crucial for stabilizing soils, protecting watersheds and producing high quality water. Best Management Practices are effective means of preventing or reducing the amount of water pollution generated by nonpoint sources.


Learn how you can protect water quality on your Tree Farm.


Soils determines which tree species are most appropriate for a site and impact the ability to produce merchantable timber in a reasonable period of time.