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Riparian Herbaceous Cover

Well established cover in a riparian area

Practice Code: 390
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Riparian herbaceous cover is establishment and maintenance of grasses, grass-like plants and forbs that are tolerant of intermittent flooding or saturated soils and that are established or managed in the transitional zone between terrestrial and aquatic habitats.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Reduces erosion by protecting the soils with a dense blanket of vegetation
  • Overhanging cover and shade enhances habitat for fish and wildlife
  • Woody and herbaceous vegetation along a stream reduces sediment and excess nutrients from run-off
  • Improves water quality

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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:

Riparian Forest Buffer
Stream Crossing
Stream Habitat Improvement and Management
Tree/Shrub Establishment

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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