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Conservation Cover

Conservation cover established on retired agricultural land Practice Code: 327
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

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 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)
Brush Management (314)
Critical Area Planting (342)
Fence (382)
Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)

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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