Forest Action Plans: Guidelines for Forests

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Water Quality

Trees Help Keep Your Drinking Water Safe and Clean

Did you know that well managed natural forests help provide cleaner drinking water to urban communities?
A report by the USDA Forest Service states nearly 80 percent of the nation’s freshwater originates from forestland. That crisp taste of fresh water is made possible by healthy forests, and when forests are neglected or destroyed it tampers with the quality of our water supply.

NASF Letter: Tidwell - Comment on Proposed Directives for National Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protections

Dear Chief Tidwell:

The National Association of State Foresters (NASF) appreciates the opportunity to provide comment on the Proposed Directives for National Best Management Practices for Water Quality Protection on National Forest System Lands (79 Fed. Reg. 25824) promulgated by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Service).

100,000 Poplars to Slurp Up Discharged Wastewater

100,000 fast-growing poplar trees will filter nutrient-laden water from a wastewater treatment plant in Missoula. 

The water has already gone through the plant’s disinfection and clarification process, and is legal to be dumped back in the Clark Fork River. But the trees will use up the remaining phosphorus and nitrogen that otherwise might stimulate algae growth and choke trout.

Request for Extension of Comment Period for Proposed Rule to Define Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act

NASF and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture request the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extend the comment period for the agencies’ Proposed Rule Defining “Waters of the United States” ("WOTUS") Under the Clean Water Act (CWA), which was published on April 21, 2014.

Increased wildfires threaten drinking supply

Water managers are showing increased interest in mitigating the impacts of fire on their source watersheds as wildfires continue to increase.  The combination of drought, wildfire, and flood seen especially in the west mean that blackened soil and other fire remains accumulate in nearby valleys, clogging and contaminating drinking water.

State foresters to receive grants to restore forests on degraded mined land areas

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the USDA Forest Service – State and Private Forestry (USFS) partnered to create the Appalachian Forest Renewal Initiative, which will allocate $678,000 to State Foresters or their designated partners to restore forests on degraded mined land areas.  Sites will span Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  These six grants will provide a 1:1 match in additional funds and in

Big potential for pines to clean drinking water

MIT’s Rohit Karnik is a mechanical engineer who made a surprising connection between water filtration systems and the inner workings of plants: while at a meeting about plants and water flow, he realized that the xylem tissue in plants could be an effective and cheap method of cleaning up water.

How wide should riparian buffers be to protect streams?

Riparian buffers are vegetative/forested areas along streams that filter out contaminants, helping maintain clean watersheds: for decades, they have been used in best management practices to protect streams from contaminants and agricultural runoff.  At the Stroud Water Research Center, scient


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