Good Forestry in the Granite State:
Recommended Voluntary Forest Management Practices for New Hampshire
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7.7 STEEP SLOPES

BACKGROUND

Steep slopes are especially vulnerable to erosion.

Extra care is needed when harvesting on steep slopes. Good judgment is needed when determining harvest size and timing, when selecting the appropriate silvicultural method and harvesting system, and when laying out skid trails and truck roads. Proper use of best management practices (BMPs) is needed during harvest operations and closeout. These guidelines are found in Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Timber Harvesting Operations in New Hampshire published by the N.H. Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands.

OBJECTIVE

Limit erosion and maintain water quality and drainage patterns, ecological integrity and habitat, and aesthetics on steep slopes.

CONSIDERATIONS

RECOMMENDED PRACTICES

CROSS REFERENCES

3.1 Timber Harvesting Systems; 3.2 Logging Aesthetics; 3.3 Aesthetics of Skid Trails, Truck Roads and Landings; 3.5 Soil Productivity; 4.1 Water Quality; 4.3 Forest Management in Riparian Areas; 7.1 Natural Communities and Protected Plants; 7.2 Seeps.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

N.H. Dept. of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands. 2004. Best Management Practices for Erosion Control on Timber Harvesting Operations in New Hampshire. State of New Hampshire. http://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource000247_Rep266.pdf Accessed March 13, 2010.

Vt. Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation. 2006. Acceptable Management Practices for Maintaining Water Quality on Logging Jobs in Vermont. State of Vermont. Waterbury, Vt. 51 p.

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