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Obstruction Removal

Practice Code: 500
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Obstruction removal is the removal and disposal of unwanted, buildings, structures, vegetation, landscape features, and other materials.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Reduces soil erosion by facilitating the installation and maintenance of conservation practices installed across the slope of the land
  • Improves water quality by controlling sedimentation
  • Improves aquatic wildlife habitat
  • Improves the management of nutrients applied for crop growth

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 Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

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

Access Road (560)
Contour Buffer Strips (332)
Contour Farming (330)
Conservation Cover (327)
Cross Wind Ridges (588)
Cross Wind Trap Strips (589C)
Dust Control on Unpaved Roads and Surfaces (373)
Firebreak (394)
Prescribed Burning (338)
Stripcropping (585)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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