Best Management Practices for
Forestry

Although data has been recently collected for growth, reproduction, and regeneration of cypress trees, BMPs for logging have not been completed yet for Louisiana. However, the following are a few of the BMPs for upland forestry:

  • Limit clear cutting – Clear cutting exposes large areas of barren soil to rainfall and erosion

  • Limit truck and equipment traffic on roads – The more traffic back and forth from the side, the more soil is moved off the site on the road. Likewise, the traffic and the more soil is loosened on the road itself, the more likely it is to be washed off during a rain.

  • Water bars – Water bars are look like giant speed bumps on roads. However, they are not to slow down the traffic on logging roads, they are designed to slow down water moving in the road. Roads built in areas with a steep slope can become rivers when it rains without water bars.

Note: The recent effort to examine the issue of cypress logging started because the new logging operations were harvesting cypress younger than necessary for lumber so that the young whole trees could be chipped/ground up for lawn mulch. Traditionally, cypress mulch was made from the bark of mature trees gathered at lumber mills and was valued because it repelled insects and did not float away during large rains. There is still some question about the effectiveness of using mulch made from whole, young trees. See the Coastal Wetland Forest Conservation and Use website http://www.coastalforestswg.lsu.edu

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