Possible Forestry Pollution Problems

What Causes Forestry Pollution Problems?

    • Poorly designed or constructed logging roads leave the ground vulnerable to erosion
    • Skid trails leave the ground vulnerable to erosion
    • Operating machinery in or near a stream can cause erosion

    Pollutants typically associated with forestry practices are sediment, nutrients, temperature increases, pesticides and pathogens

In Mississippi, the most significant forestry related pollutant is sediment.

Management measures to prevent these pollutants from reaching our streams are:
  • erosion control
  • protection of stream banks, riparian zones and wetlands
  • runoff/flow management
  • prescribed fire management
  • proper equipment operation
  • revegetation management

All forest managers, loggers, and timber producers are encouraged to implement a full range of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on each harvest site. click here to view Mississippi's Manual for BMP's

While the use of BMP's in forestry operations is not mandated by law, the MDEQ can take action against poorly managed sites that impact water quality through state law 49-17-29. This law prohibits degrading water quality of State waters. In addition, State law 97-15-41 prohibits the placement of timber debris into a running stream.