The Forest Hydrology Section provides specialized technical services and information to Florida's private and public forest landowners and to other interested parties, for the protection of the State's water resources in association with silviculture activities.
The core of this area of service is Florida's Silviculture Best Management Practices (BMP) program, which originated in 1979. Under this program, the Forest Hydrology Section is responsible for BMP development and implementation, as well as monitoring BMP's for both compliance and effectiveness. The Hydrology Section publishes and distributes the State's Silviculture BMP Manual and other related publications.
In addition, the Section is responsible for water resource management and hydrologic restoration on the Florida Forest Service's State Forests. This area of responsibility includes restoration planning, funding and implementation as well as permitting and other regulatory aspects of restoration and forest watershed management. Find out more about Wetland Restoration on State Forests.
Florida Administrative Code Rules
- 2012 State Forest Silviculture Best Management Practices Activity Report (pdf, 11M, 60 pp)
- 2011 Silviculture BMP Implementation Survey Report (pdf, 1.2M, 39 pp)
- Silviculture Best Management Practices Manual (pdf, 26M, 121 pp)
- Babcock Ranch Preserve (BRP) Hydrologic Analysis Report
Sections 1-8 (pdf, 7.6M), Tables (pdf, 6.2M), Figures (pdf, 4.6M), Maps (pdf, 10M)
On-site Field Demonstration Videos:
Two DVDs are available by request:
- Special Management Zones, Wetlands and Waste Disposal
- Forest Roads and Stream Crossings
BMP Courtesy Checks
We offer voluntary on-site inspections to evaluate silviculture best management practices for forestry operations.
Find out more.
Florida Forest Service
Telephone: 850/ 414-9934
Email: Jeff.Vowell@freshfromflorida.com or Roy.Lima@freshfromflorida.com