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Forest Water Quality (000018)


This course trains state and area specialists to effectively carry out a conservation program that uses trees and forest practices to protect water quality and quantity.


Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify sensitive watershed conditions and recognize aquatic resources.
  • Describe nutrient cycling in the tree/forest systems.
  • Identify and compare harvesting systems and site preparation methods.
  • Recognize design and control features for low volume forest access roads.
  • Layout preliminary locations of roads, skid trails and landings.
  • Inventory and evaluate riparian areas and design buffer zones.
  • Assemble and present a site-specific forest water quality plan.
  • List and compare forest and water quality back-home strategies.




1 week

Target Audience

Suggested participants include: foresters, soil conservationists, WQ specialists, watershed planners, engineers, biologists, and agronomists. Several slots will be reserved for specialists from the Extension Service, U.S. Forest Service, state forestry agencies, state water quality agencies, SWCD foresters, industrial foresters, and consulting foresters.

NEDC Coordinator

Tony Lovell

Technical Coordinator



Go to AgLearn to request enrollment in Forest Water Quality (NRCS-NEDC-000018).