Water Quality

ATFS Standard 4, Indicator 4.1.2
Landowner shall minimize road construction and other soil disturbances within riparian zones and wetlands.


Healthy Forests for Clean Water (N.C. Forest Service)
Forests keep water clean and abundant by capturing rainwater and recharging underground aquifers. They also act as a natural filter as water moves over land, cleaning it of pollutants so it arrives at our lakes, rivers and streams in a better condition.

Decoding the Language of Water Quality (N.C. Forest Service)
As with many sciences, there are a lot of alphabetic abbreviations in the world of forestry and water quality. This publication decodes the alphabetic mix and helps you understand the impact of various water quality programs on forest management.

Managing Forests for Water (N.C. Forest Service)
The availability of water for both human use and ecological function is rapidly becoming a motivating factor in geopolitical decisions and land-use policies.

Maintain Roads to Prevent Erosion and Protect Water (Penn State Extension)
Poorly constructed and maintained access roads often cause severe soil erosion and sedimentation into streams. As a woodland owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your roads are properly constructed and maintained.

Working Trees for Water Quality (National Agroforestry Center)
Working Trees can help alleviate water quality and quantity problems. From upland areas down to the water’s edge, trees reduce and slow runoff and trap pollutants in both rural and urban settings.