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Critical Area Planting

A critical area planting established on a highly erodible site

Practice Code: 342
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

A critical area planting consists of grass or other vegetation that protects badly eroding areas from soil erosion.

Purposes and Benefits

  • A vegetated area improves water quality by reducing the amount of sediment, nutrients, and chemicals running off the land
  • Vegetation can be planted to provide small areas of nesting cover for birds and small animals
  • Protects areas such as dams, terrace back slopes, or gullied areas when vegetation may be difficult to establish

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Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process.

View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

Conservation Practice Support Documents

Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).

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Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

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Diversion (362)
Grassed Waterway (412)
Lined Waterway or Outlet (468)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.

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