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Best Management Practices - BMP


Montana's Forest Practice regulations exist to protect our natural resources for all to enjoy.

The Forestry Best Management Practices (BMP) Notification Law became part of the Protection of Forest Resources law in 1989. The Notification Law text is incorporated into the Text Slash and Debris Law.  The amendments adopted at that time require landowners or operators to notify the Department prior to conducting forest practices on private lands. The DNRC is charged with providing these landowners and operators with information on BMPs which may be delivered through an on site visit Notification is served when an application for a Hazard Reduction Agreement is submitted. The DNRC is also charged with monitoring the application and effectiveness of the BMPs.

What are BMPs?

BMP Effectiveness

Sula StreamThe use of voluntary BMPs has proven to be an effective tool in limiting non-point source pollution from forest harvesting activities. The Forestry Practices Program leads a biennial audit of the application and effectiveness of BMPs on selected high risk sites. When the first audit was conducted in 1990, 78% of practices met or exceeded BMP standards. In 1998 (the fifth audit cycle) the audit results achieved a 96% rating and has met or exceeded that rating ever since. The most recent audit in 2014 found that 98% of practices met or exceeded BMP standards.


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