Best Management Practices

This is an ongoing effort to create broad-based Best Management Practices (BMPs) that target the healthy restoration of Black Forest’s native ecosystems. This integrated effort aims to provide landowners with the best current information on:

  • Restoration of both burned and unburned landscapes
  • Erosion control
  • General landscape management
  • Fuel reduction
  • Forest health
  • Noxious weed control
  • Costs and benefits for various actions

The idea of Best Management Practices (BMPs) has been around since the mid 1970s. The Environmental Protection Act (1970) established broad goals for environmental protection, and the 1977 Clean Water Act was the first to refer to Best Management Practices. Since then, BMPs have been extensively developed for stormwater, wastewater, logging, road building, erosion control and many other forest- and land-disturbing practices. There are also BMPs for fuel mitigation, conservation, and wildlife habitat goals, so developing BMPs for the restoration of Black Forest is both possible and desirable. Action and inaction both have consequences for the landscape, in both burned and unburned areas.

Best Management Practices for Black Forest (second edition)

This tri-fold brochure was written by Dr. Judy von Ahlefeldt, in cooperation with the Black Forest Together Forest Recovery team, and state and federal forestry experts. This overview will introduce you to basic concepts of forest recovery, as applied to Black Forest.

Other good overviews

Historical Precedence



When Erosion Control is Necessary

Specific Erosion Control Techniques

Tree Removal: Scorched and Blackened Trees

Slash Disposal and Wood Utilization

Bark Beetles, Wood Borers

Replanting Trees

Replanting Grasses and Forbs


Weed Control

Noxious Weeds

Noxious Weeds and Control Methods – El Paso County Colorado: Available on line at the El Paso County Noxious Weeds website, in hardcopy at the Black Forest Together Resource Center or at the El Paso County Environmental Services Office at 3275 Akers Drive.

In addition to the weeds mentioned on the El Paso County Noxious Weeds website is this one:

The Resource Center has booklets available on the noxious weeds, stop in and pick one up at the Black Forest Together Resource Center or go to the El Paso County Environmental Division, Forestry and Noxious Weeds Division and download your own copy. In addition to the noxious weeds identified for El Paso County, you should also be pulling Horseweed (also commonly called Mare’s Tail) photo below.