Commissioner Putnam Highlights Florida’s Forest Owners During National Arbor Day

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – In honor of National Arbor Day, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam celebrates Florida’s forest owners for their commitment to healthy forests and water resources. In a recent survey conducted by the Florida Forest Service, forest owners demonstrated 99 percent compliance with Florida’s Silviculture Best Management Practices, a program directed at maintaining water quality during forestry activities.

“Florida’s forest owners have a proven track record of responsible forest management,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “National Arbor Day is the perfect time to applaud forest owners for keeping Florida’s forests and water resources healthy while providing renewable resources.”

Trees help filter sediment and absorb nutrients from stormwater runoff before it enters streams, lakes and other water bodies. Recognizing the important link between healthy forests and water quality, Florida’s forest owners have dedicated themselves to maintaining a healthy balance between overall natural resource protection and forest resource use through the implementation of Florida’s Silviculture Best Management Practices.

“The 2015 Silviculture Best Management Practices Implementation Survey reported a high level of commitment to responsible forestry practices in Florida, which is a tribute to the quality of forest landowners, operators and professional foresters that make up the state’s forestry community,” said Jim Karels, Florida State Forester.

To view the 2015 Silviculture Best Management Practices Implementation Survey Report in its entirety, or to learn more about how Florida’s forest owners are protecting water quality and natural resources in Florida, visit FreshFromFlorida.com/BMP.

For more information about National Arbor Day, visit www.Arborday.org. To enroll a forest in Florida’s voluntary Wildlife Best Management program, visit http://bit.ly/1CCcmkK.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than one million acres of public forest land while protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. To learn more about Florida Forest Service programs, visit FloridaForestService.com

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visitFreshFromFlorida.com

Contact: Aaron Keller
(850) 617-7737  

 

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