Conservation cover is establishing and maintaining perennial vegetative cover to protect soil and water resources on land retired from agricultural production or other lands needing permanent protective cover that will not be used for forage production.
Purpose and Benefits
Reduces soil erosion by providing a permanent vegetative cover
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 cover for birds and other animals
Enhances wildlife habitat
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).
All support documents 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: