Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) has released several new publications targeting landowners and contractors with information on the topics of protection of water quality and the control of gully erosion.
Publications include information on road construction, road maintenance, and low-cost methods to control gully erosion using tree plantings and other methods.
“Protecting water quality during forestry activities by using best management practices (BMPs) is an essential part of any land management work that we do. Our water is an invaluable resource and an essential commodity for downstream users”, said John Burwell, ODAFF State Forester
Forest watershed protection and timber production are compatible activities, provided the owners and the industry follow appropriate protection practices on the land. In western Oklahoma, maintaining soil productivity and reducing erosion are constant worries of agricultural producers, and these relatively simple yet effective practices may help them do so at less cost.
The publications are available for download on the Forestry Services website at www.forestry.ok.gov/best-management-practices. Hard copies will be available. For more information, contact OFS at (405)522-6158.
Posted on Wed, July 15, 2009
by Jack Carson, ODAFF