This paper examines the nature and components of best management practice (BMP) in forestry seedling nurseries, setting out a series of guidelines on how a BMP system could be designed. Key aspects include potting media, disease control, chemical use and record keeping. It is clear that careful planning is required to introduce such a system, but fortunately there is considerable experience to draw on. WHAT IS BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE IN FORESTRY SEEDLING NURSERIES? Best management practice (BMP) sounds an attractive objective, and something which should be easily achievable, but in practice this often a poorly understood concept that is rarely implemented (Harrison et al. 2008). In essence, BMP sets targets for seedling quality, and specifies nursery procedures by which this quality aspiration can be achieved. A BMP manual or guide offers a checklist for the seedling producer. Following a BMP scheme enables certification and self-improvement for the seedling producer, and provides assurance of product quality for the consumer. For the person or agency designing a BMP scheme, it is critical at the outset to have a clea
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