The term Best Management Practice (BMP) can mean a lot of different things to different people. When it comes to timber harvesting, BMPs almost always relate to protecting water quality. Some common BMP examples include water bars that reduce the volume and velocity of surface runoff on skid trails; temporary skidder bridges that keep skidders and the trees they extract from the woods out of stream channels; mulch and grass seed that add surface cover on skid trails at stream crossings. BMPs can be behavioral too. For example, loggers may use different equipment based on soil moisture conditions, or they may choose to shut down entirely when it’s really wet. Check out some real-world examples of forestry BMPs below.