Georgia's silvicultural Best Management Practices 2002 compliance survey report
Scientific studies have shown that when properly applied, silvicultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) provide adequate water quality protection. In order to determine the proper installation and effectiveness of BMPs, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) conducts statewide BMP Implementation and Compliance Surveys. During the summer and fall of 2002, the GFC examined 420 sites statewide from a stratified random sample across all ownerships and regions of Georgia. These sites had to have been silviculturally treated within the past 2 years, preferably within the past 6 months. By ownership, 278 sites occurred on the non-industrial private forest landowner (NIPF), 111 sites on forest industry land, and 31 sites on public land. By Region, 30 sites were in the Mountains, 155 sites in the Piedmont, 82 sites in the Upper Coastal Plain, and 153 sites in the Lower Coastal Plain. The results show an 86% overall statewide BMP Implementation rate with 99.1% of those acres in compliance with BMPs. By ownership, BMP implementation was 90.7% on forest industry lands, 86.9% on Public lands, and 83.8% on NIPF lands. With public attention focusing on the protection of riparian areas or streamside management zones (SMZs), a statewide BMP Implementation rate of 87.1% with 96.6 % of those acres in compliance with BMPs, forest operators are doing an excellent job of protecting these sensitive areas.