December 2020 New State Documents

Monday, January 4, 2021
cover forest with stream image of Forestry BMPs in South Carolina: Compliance and Implementation Monitoring Report 2019-2020

The South Carolina Digital State Documents Depository provides access to state agencies' publications. These publications provide citizens with crucial information about state government, including statistics, annual accountability reports, and data on a wide variety of topics related to the state. The December 2020 list of new South Carolina State Documents is now available.

This month we highlight the South Carolina Forestry Commission's publication, Forestry BMPs in South Carolina: Compliance and Implementation Monitoring Report 2019-2020. This is the eleventh study conducted by the South Carolina Forestry Commission to determine compliance with South Carolina’s Best Management Practices for Forestry (BMPs) during silvicultural activities. Recent forestry operations were evaluated on 179 randomly located sites during 2019-2020. Overall BMP compliance on harvesting operations was 96.1%. Compliance indicates that proper use of applicable BMPs was sufficient to protect water quality on those sites. The overall implementation rate of individual BMP practices was 96.0%, compared to the regional average of 93.6% among southeastern states (Southern Group of State Foresters, 2018). This study highlights numerous strengths in BMP compliance and opportunities for improvement.

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