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Cropland with a terrace system installed

Practice Code: 600
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

A terrace is an earth embankment, or a combination ridge and channel constructed across the field slope.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Reduces soil erosion
  • Retains runoff for moisture conservation for plant growth
  • Improves water quality by reducing sedimentation
  • Controls surface runoff

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:

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Contour Farming (330)
Grassed Waterway (412)
Subsurface Drain (606)
Underground Outlet (620)

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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