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Access Road

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Practice Code: 560
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

An access road is a travel-way for equipment and vehicles constructed as part of a conservation plan.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Provides a fixed, protected route for farm and related equipment
  • Provides a stable, safe surface for equipment to operate
  • Prevents damage to adjacent areas by confining traffic to a specific area
  • Protects water quality by reducing sedimentation

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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 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 Control (472)
Critical Area Planting (342)
Diversion (362)
Dust Control on Unpaved Roads and Surfaces (373)
Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Stream Crossing (578)
Structure for Water Control (587)

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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