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Agriculture and Forestry

Information about environmental requirements relating specifically to establishments that operate timber tracts, tree farms, forest nurseries, and related activities, such as reforestation services and the gathering of gums, barks, balsam needles, maple sap, Spanish moss, and other forest products.

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Climate and the Impact on Forests

U.S. forests provide a number of important goods and services, including:
  • timber and other forest products,
  • recreational opportunities,
  • cultural resources, and
  • habitat for wildlife.

U.S. agricultural and forest production are sensitive to changes in climate, including changes in temperature and precipitation, more frequent and severe extreme weather events, and increased stress from pests and diseases.  Forests also provide opportunities to reduce future climate change by capturing and storing carbon, and by providing resources for bioenergy production.

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Nonpoint Source Pollution

Sources of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution associated with forestry activities include:
  • removal of streamside vegetation,
  • road construction and use,
  • timber harvesting, and
  • mechanical preparation for the planting of trees.

Management Guidance and Forestry Certifications

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Wetlands Silviculture

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Forestry Information from Other Sources

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