SCFC Protects Water Quality by Offering BMP Courtesy Exams
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
The South Carolina Forestry Commission is charged with overseeing Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) across the state, among many other responsibilities. Forestry BMPs are a set of guidelines designed primarily to protect water quality while forest operations such as logging, road construction and site preparation are being performed.
South Carolina's BMPs for Forestry have been endorsed by and received national recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has also cited South Carolina's BMP program as a national model.
In the past year, BMP foresters have been very busy. They have made more than 560 site visits to 360 different sites and provided 187 courtesy exams to loggers throughout the state. In addition, BMP foresters have provided nearly 17 hours of BMP instruction to more than 230 foresters, loggers and landowners. On the sites where a courtesy exam was conducted, BMPs protected more than 30 miles of perennial, intermittent, and ephemeral streams on more than 6700 acres of forestland.