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Finger Lakes Region of New York State

1. Introduction to Best Management Practices

2. Best Management Practices Before the Timber Harvest

3. Best Management Practices During the Timber Harvest

4. Best Management Practices After the Harvest

5. Non-Harvest Best Management Practices

6. Do-It-Yourself Best Management Practices

7. Getting Skilled Assistance with Your Woodlot

8. Tools for Planning a Timber Harvest

Best Management Practices During Timber Harvesting. . . This electronic resource is intended to supplement two print publications:

Best Management Practices During Timber Harvesting Operations created by the Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District and funded by the Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control, coordinated by the Great Lakes Commission.

NYS forestry BMP Field GuideNew York Forestry Best Management Practices Field Guide created by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.

For copies of these guides, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County at (607) 535-7161 or your local Soil and Water Conservation District office.


One of the most important aspects of timber harvesting is the involvement of a friendly, qualified, and experienced forester. Click here to learn more about choosing a forester.


Content and layout
Jim Ochterski, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Editing and consulting
Peter Smallidge, Cornell Cooperative Extension
Bob O'Brien, Cotton-Hanlon, Inc.
Richard Winnett, NRCS
Rebecca Hargrave, Cornell Cooperative Extension
David Welsch, US Forest Service
Tim Levatich, Forest owner
Elaine Dalrymple, Schuyler SWCD
Don Schaufler, Schaufler Forestry Services
Lloyd Weatherbee, Schuyler SWCD
Tim Hicks, Schuyler SWCD
Ken Kasprcyk, NYS DEC Region 9
Amanda Barber, Cortland County SWCD
Jim Peek, NYS DEC Region 8
Jim McDonald, DEC Region 8
Charles Fausold, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Contract administration
Finger Lakes Resource Conservation & Development Council

Additional assistance from
Jim Balaczyk, Yates SWCD
Al McGuffie, Yates NRCS

Photography and images
All photographs by Jim Ochterski unless otherwise noted.
The source of some images was unknown.

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Please cite source: Cornell Cooperative Extension, 2004
Written by James Ochterski, CCE - Schuyler County