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Prescribed Forestry

A well managed forest with a trail

Practice Code: 409
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Prescribed forestry is the management of forested areas for forest health, wood and/or fiber, water, recreation, aesthetics, wildlife habitat, and plant biodiversity.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Maintains or improves forest health
  • Protects soil quality and condition
  • Maintains or enhances water quality and quantity
  • Maintains or improves forest productivity
  • Maintains or improves plant diversity
  • Improves aesthetic and recreational values
  • Improves wildlife habitat
  • Achieves or maintains a desired understory plant community for forest products, grazing, and browsing

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:

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Critical Area Planting (342)
Early Successional Habitat Development/Management (647)
Forest Trails and Landings (655)
Stream Crossing (578)
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 office.

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