Contour Buffer Strips
Practice Code: 332
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Contour buffer strips are narrow strips of permanent, herbaceous vegetation established on the contour, and alternated with wider cropped strips.
Purposes and Benefits
- Reduces sheet and rill erosion
- Reduces runoff and sedimentation
- Increases water infiltration
- Promotes improved water quality
- Provides wildlife food and habitat
Conservation Practice Documents
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:
Contour Farming (330)
Grassed Waterway (412)
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) (595)
Residue and Tillage Management, No-Till (329)
Residue and Tillage Management, Reduced Till (345)
If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.
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