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Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

During the conservation planning process, the NRCS must consider the ground disturbing potential of activities associated with the application of a conservation practice and its impact on cultural resources that may be present at or near the site. Some practices have a greater potential than others. Below is a list of conservation practices and their ground disturbing potential.

Any planned practice that is ground disturbing 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.

Click on a conservation practice name to navigate to the Conservation Practices area of our Web page where you can download documents such as Conservation Practice Standards, Specifications, and Job Sheets.

Note: Any practices that do not appear in the following table should be considered as ground disturbing.

Disturbing Potential Key

G = Ground Disturbing
PG = Potentially Ground Disturbing
NG = Not Ground Disturbing

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices (November 2008)

Practice
Code

Potential

Conservation Practice

472

PG

Access Control

560

G

Access Road

309

G

Agrichemical Handling Facility

311

NG

Alley Cropping

366

G

Anaerobic Digester, Controlled Temperature

575

NG

Animal Trails and Walkways

310

G

Bedding

314

PG

Brush Management

322

PG

Channel Bank Vegetation

326

G

Clearing and Snagging

360

PG

Closure of Waste Impoundment

397

G

Commercial Fishponds

317

PG

Composting Facility

100

NG

Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan

327

NG

Conservation Cover

328

NG

Conservation Crop Rotation

656

G

Constructed Wetland

332

NG

Contour Buffer Strips

330

NG

Contour Farming

331

PG

Contour Orchard and Other Perennial Crops

340

NG

Cover Crop

342

PG

Critical Area Planting

588

NG

Cross Wind Ridges

589b

NG

Cross Wind Stripcropping

589c

NG

Cross Wind Trap Strips

402

G

Dam

348

G

Dam, Diversion

324

G

Deep Tillage

365

G

Dike

362

G

Diversion

432

PG

Dry Hydrant

647

NG

Early Successional Habitat Development/Management

382

PG

Fence (All other)

382

NG

Fence (High Tensile)

386

NG

Field Border

393

PG

Filter Strip

394

PG

Firebreak

396

G

Fish Passage

398

PG

Fish Raceway or Tank

511

NG

Forage Harvest Management

490

PG

Forest Site Preparation

666

NG

Forest Stand Improvement

655

G

Forest Trails and Landings

410

G

Grade Stabilization Structure

412

G

Grassed Waterway

548

PG

Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment

561

PG

Heavy Use Area Protection

422

PG

Hedgerow Planting

603

NG

Herbaceous Wind Barriers

423

G

Hillside Ditch

320

G

Irrigation Canal or Lateral

388

G

Irrigation Field Ditch

454

G

Irrigation Land Leveling

552

G

Irrigation Regulating Reservoir

436

G

Irrigation Storage Reservoir

441

G

Irrigation System, Microirrigation

442

G

Irrigation System, Sprinkler

443

G

Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface

447

G

Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery

428b

G

Irrigation Water Conveyance, Ditch and Canal Lining, Flexible Membrane

428c

G

Irrigation Water Conveyance, Ditch and Canal Lining, Galvanized Steel

428a

G

Irrigation Water Conveyance, Ditch and Canal Lining, Non-reinforced Concrete

430dd

G

Irrigation Water Conveyance, Pipeline, High-Pressure, Underground, Plastic

430ee

G

Irrigation Water Conveyance, Pipeline, Low-Pressure, Underground, Plastic

449

PG

Irrigation Water Management

460

G

Land Clearing

453

G

Land Reclamation, Landslide Treatment

455

G

Land Reclamation, Toxic Discharge Control

543

G

Land Reconstruction, Abandoned Mined Land

544

G

Land Reconstruction, Currently Mined Land

466

G

Land Smoothing

468

G

Lined Waterway or Outlet

457

PG

Mine Shaft and Adit Closing

482

G

Mole Drain

484

NG

Mulching (with organic materials)

484

NG

Mulching (with plastic)

590

NG

Nutrient Management

500

G

Obstruction Removal

582

G

Open Channel

512

NG

Pasture and Hay Planting

783

NG

Pathogen Management

595

NG

Pest Management

516

PG

Pipeline

378

G

Pond

521c

PG

Pond Sealing or Lining, Bentonite Sealant

521a

PG

Pond Sealing or Lining, Flexible Membrane

521b

PG

Pond Sealing or Lining, Soil Dispersant

462

G

Precision Land Forming

338

PG

Prescribed Burning

528

NG

Prescribed Grazing

533

PG

Pumping Plant

550

NG

Range Planting

562

PG

Recreation Area Improvement

566

G

Recreation Land Grading and Shaping

568

PG

Recreation Trail and Walkway

554

NG

Regulating Water in Drainage Systems

345

NG

Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till

329

NG

Residue and Tillage Management No Till/Strip Till/Direct Seed

346

NG

Residue and Tillage Management, Ridge Till

344

NG

Residue Management, Seasonal

643

NG

Restoration and Management of Declining Habitats

391

PG

Riparian Forest Buffer

390

NG

Riparian Herbaceous Cover

555

PG

Rock Barrier

558

PG

Roof Runoff Structure

570

PG

Runoff Management System

798

G

Seasonal High System for Crops

350

G

Sediment Basin

646

G

Shallow Water Development and Management

632

G

Solid/Liquid Waste Separation Facility

571

NG

Soil Salinity Management, Non-Irrigated

572

G

Spoil Spreading

574

G

Spring Development

584

G

Stream Channel Stabilization

578

G

Stream Crossing

395

PG

Stream Habitat Improvement and Management

580

PG

Streambank and Shoreline Protection

585

NG

Stripcropping

587

G

Structure for Water Control

606

G

Subsurface Drain

607

G

Surface Drainage, Field Ditch

608

G

Surface Drainage, Main or Lateral

609

NG

Surface Roughening

600

G

Terrace

610

NG

Toxic Salt Reduction

612

PG

Tree/Shrub Establishment

660

NG

Tree/Shrub Pruning

620

G

Underground Outlet

645

PG

Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

601

NG

Vegetative Barrier

635

G

Vegetated Treatment Area

630

G

Vertical Drain

367

PG

Roofs and Covers

312

PG

Waste Management System

313

G

Waste Storage Facility

634

G

Waste Transfer

359

G

Waste Treatment Lagoon

638

G

Water and Sediment Control Basin

636

G

Water Harvesting Catchment

642

G

Water Well

355

NG

Water Well Testing

614

PG

Watering Facility

640

G

Waterspreading

351

PG

Well Decommissioning

658

G

Wetland Creation

659

G

Wetland Enhancement

657

G

Wetland Restoration

644

PG

Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management

380

PG

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment

650

PG

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation

Contact Information

Flo Swartz, Agricultural Economist
Phone: 315-477-6533
E-mail: Flo Swartz