Heavy Use Area Protection
Practice Code: 561
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Heavy use area protection is the establishment of a stable surface with suitable materials and any needed structures to protect areas heavily impacted by livestock, vehicles or development.
Purposes and Benefits
Protection of heavy use areas reduces the runoff of nutrients and other pollutants that impact water quality
Prevents soil erosion by providing a stable surface for livestock or equipment
Maintains and/or improves livestock management and health
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 Support Documents
Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).
All support 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:
Pathogen Management (783)
Roof Runoff Structure (558)
Vegetated Treatment Area (635)
Watering Facility (614)
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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