Forest Landowners and Managers

Voluntary BMPs are a key contribution to improving watershed health
  • If you are actively managing your forestland for commercial timber harvest, employ best management practices (BMPs) to ensure that disturbed soils remain in the woods to grow the next generation of trees and do not end up choking our streams. Effectively implemented BMPs also will keep logging roads and trails usable by light equipment.
  • Maintain a forested buffer at least 50 feet wide along streams during harvesting activities which keeps wildlife habitat and travel corridors intact.
  • Obtain assistance from a professional forester to develop harvest and management plans which will yield healthier forests and better economic returns from the timber.
  • Plant trees in sensitive streamside areas and abandoned agricultural fields to restore habitat for wildlife.

Contact the following for technical and financial assistance:

Virginia Department of Forestry 
Abingdon Regional Office
1240 West Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24212
(276) 676-5488

Tennessee Division of Forestry 
Richard Van Inwegen
P.O. Box 121
Rogersville, TN 37857
(423) 272-7130
Or, Steve Roark 
2178 Hwy 25 East, Suite 1
Tazewell, TN 37879
(423) 526-2992

US Forest Service 
201 14th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20090-6090
(202) 205-8333