Protecting Soil Resources (North Carolina Forest Service)
Soils can take thousands of years to form but can be degraded over much shorter timeframes if certain precautions are not taken. Soil resources that are properly managed can maintain site productivity, help protect water quality, decrease costs associated with forest operations, reduce wear and tear on equipment, and maintain positive public perceptions of forest harvesting.
How Your Activities Can Impact Water Quality (American Forest Foundation)
By altering the way water behaves on the land, you can unintentionally modify everything from stream acidity and clarity to the oxygen content, the nutrient balance and temperature of water bodies.
North Carolina’s Best Management Practices Field Guide (N.C. Forest Service)
This publication illustrates proper implementation of BMPs and other erosion control practices that can be used to keep streams and creeks free from sediment and other nonpoint source pollution during timber harvesting or other forestry activities.
Erosion and Runoff Control (N.C. Forest Service)
Here are ways to prevent erosion and control runoff on your Tree Farm.
Streamside Management Zones (N.C. Forest Service)
Here is guidance for Streamside Management Zone widths and placement.
Stream Crossings (N.C. Forest Service)
If something goes wrong at a stream crossing, chances are that there will be a water quality problem. Here are tips for preventing problems.
Water Quality Laws and Regulations (N.C. Forest Service)
Since 1990, North Carolina has had mandatory statewide regulations for forestry activities that were established to protect water quality.
Soil Erosion: A Historical Perspective (on demand webinar, USDA NRCS)
Participants will gain an understanding of the impact soil erosion has had on civilization through time and what society needs to do to protect this precious resource.