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  1. Recognition and reporting of water quality management problems on Michigan’s forest lands

  2. All earth changes, people’s activities and uses have potential for negative impacts on water quality.

  3. Healthy, productive forests are closely associated with high quality water, but forest management activities which cause erosion are threats to surface water quality.

  4. Forest land management activities such as: • Timber harvest activities-landings and skidding • Site preparation and tree planting • Trails and pathways • Road construction and parking areas have potential to cause erosion, sedimentation and other undesirable impacts.

  5. Major pollutants that degrade surface and ground water are: • Sediment • Nutrient • Chemicals • Heat • Debris

  6. We are allresponsible for maintaining high quality waters in Michigan.Do your part by reporting potential threats to water quality using:Michigan Department of Natural ResourcesWater Quality Management Practices on Forest LandsNon-Compliance Report Form

  7. The report form should be filled out as completely as possible and given to FMFM Unit Manager.Submitting a report will start a tracking and prioritization process.

  8. The top portion of the form records general information such as location, priority and who found the problem. Priority is subjective. A problem that is currently causing a large amount of resource degradation such as a washed out road may be rated as urgent. An problem such as an undersized culvert on an intermittent stream may have a low priority. Use your best judgment.

  9. The middle section of the form is a checklist of non –conformances.

  10. The lower portion of the form records action taken, further action needed and additional tracking information

  11. The following slides show examples of problems that should be reported when found.

  12. ORV trail crossing stream

  13. ORV damage-river crossing

  14. ORV damage-unauthorized trail

  15. Mud-boggingaround Lake

  16. Hill-climb

  17. HILL CLIMB

  18. ORV damage-rutted trail in low area

  19. ORV Trail crossing stream

  20. ORV Damage above river

  21. Haul road across stream

  22. Logging in riparian zone

  23. No buffer strip on stream

  24. Equipment in watercourse

  25. Erosion of forest road on slope

  26. Gullies and rutting located near watercourses

  27. Road Washout

  28. Road Washout Road Washout

  29. Failed culvert and washout

  30. Road grading with no diversion ditching

  31. Road washout-improper drainage

  32. Road washout-no culvert or plugged/undersized culvert

  33. Bank washout at bridge crossing

  34. Bridge approach washed out

  35. Unarmored Culvert discharge

  36. Unauthorized roads/trails

  37. Water, clean water is one of our greatest natural assets. For additional information refer to: Water Quality Management Practices on Forest Land 1994 Michigan Department of Natural Resources