Oklahoma Forestry Services' general approach to the development and implementation of Best Management Practice Guidelines is one of education, technical assistance and cooperation. Protection of forest water quality is the responsibility of the landowner, the logger, the land manager, and all others applying practices or using the forest. Through sound and consistent application of Forestry BMP Guidelines, Oklahoma can avoid a costly regulatory program that relies on permits and inspections.

The BMPs lay out a framework of sound stewardship practices that, when consistently applied, will contribute positively to maintaining a high degree of forest water quality. These BMPs are not intended to be all-inclusive. Rational and objective on-site judgment must be applied to insure that water quality standards are maintained.

The most important guidance these BMPs can offer the forestry community is to think and plan before you act. Adequate forethought will pay off in two ways: to avoid unnecessary site disturbance or damage in the first place and to minimize the expense of stabilizing or restoring unavoidable disturbances when the operation is finished.

Numerous OFS publications are available
to assist with the implementation of Best Management Practices.