Water Resources

"Protecting and Enhancing Maine's Woodland Streams and other Water Resources”

Maine Forest Service Water Resources Program provides support to the Forest Policy and Management Division’s tasks of collecting and analyzing data, and reporting on the state of Maine’s forest resources with particular emphasis on water quality. The program fulfills the Maine Forest Service’s responsibilities for monitoring statewide best management practices on timber harvests. It actively seeks cooperative conservation opportunities to enhance water quality protection and promote responsible forest management. The Water Resources Program works collaboratively with bureau staff and other stakeholders to:

  1. refine and prioritize Best Management Practices for water quality
  2. identify and address training needs for water quality issues
  3. implement ongoing surveys of Best Management Practice use and effectiveness on timber harvest operations.

Maine Forest Service (MFS) Rule Chapter 25 Standards for Placing Wood Into Stream Channels to Enhance Cold Water Fisheries Habitat (Manager's Guide)