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Vegetative Barrier

Practice Code: 601
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

Permanent strips of stiff, dense vegetation along the general contour of slopes or across concentrated flow areas.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Reduce sheet and rill erosion
  • Reduce ephemeral gully erosion
  • Manages water flow
  • Stabilizes steep slopes
  • Traps sediment
  • Improves water quality

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:

Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Critical Area Planting (342)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (595)
Nutrient Management (590)

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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