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Water Quality on Forest Lands

Although the quality of water draining forested watersheds is typically the best in the nation, some forest management practices can seriously impair stream water quality. Sediment is the main concern, although nitrate and water temperature impacts are also of concern in some locations. Best management practices can avoid most of these effects. This research aims to summarize the state of knowledge regarding the effects of forest management on water quality and the value to society of maintaining high quality runoff from forest lands.

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