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Riparian Forest Buffer

Protective tubes, each containing a tree seedling, lining the banks of a small stream.

Practice Code: 391
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

An area predominantly trees and/or shrubs located adjacent to and up-gradient from watercourses or water bodies.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Protects streambanks and shorelines from erosion
  • Improves water quality
  • Provides wildlife food and cover
  • Prevents soil erosion

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:

Fence (382)
Riparian Herbaceous Cover (390)
Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (395)
Tree and Shrub Establishment (612)

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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