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Animal Trails and Walkways

Livestock crossing a stream which leads to a constructed animal trail and walkway

Practice Code: 575
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

Animal trails and walkways are established lanes or travel ways that facilitate animal movement.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improve waters quality by reducing sediment, nutrient, organic, and inorganic loading of the stream
  • Reduces streambank and streambed erosion
  • Provides a safe, stable passage for livestock or equipment
  • Provides or improves access to forage, water and/or shelter
  • Improve livestock grazing efficiency and distribution

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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Access Control (472)
Fence (382)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Stream Crossing (578)

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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