National Best Management Practices for Water Quality Management on National Forest System Lands
High-quality water is one of the most important natural resources coming from the national forests and grasslands. National Forest System (NFS) lands, which represent about 8 percent of the land area of the contiguous United States, contribute 18 percent of the Nation’s water supply (Brown et al. 2008; Sedell et al. 2000). About 124 million people rely on NFS lands as the primary source of their drinking water (USDA Forest Service 2008a). In addition to drinking water and other municipal needs, water on NFS lands is important to sustaining populations of fish and wildlife, providing various recreation opportunities, and providing supplies to meet agricultural and industrial needs across the country.