Do you remember the four categories of karst vulnerability from
- Very High
Are there any vulnerability categories where timber harvesting
is not recommended?
Karst areas classified as very high vulnerability contain sensitive, high resource values. In most cases, it is recommended that very high vulnerability areas be excluded from harvesting operations. Limited exceptions to this may occur in special situations where some form of site-specific intervention is required to help protect forest or karst
resources (e.g., forest health issues such as insect infestations). Any forest management activities that may be required on very high vulnerability karst areas should be conducted in consultation with a karst specialist, the Forest Service, and/or other relevant resource agencies.
On which vulnerability categories are harvesting operations recommended?
Harvesting operations will generally occur on low, moderate, and
high vulnerability karst areas. As the level of karst vulnerability
increases, so do the protective measures of the recommended best
How are the recommended best management practices
linked to the assessed vulnerability of the karst?
To review the vulnerability categories and their associated
best management practices, run your mouse over the