Contour Buffer Strips
Practice Code: 332
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Contour buffer strips are narrow strips of permanent, herbaceous vegetation established on the contour, and alternated with wider cropped strips.
Purposes and Benefits
Reduces sheet and rill erosion
Reduces runoff and sedimentation
Increases water infiltration
Promotes improved water quality
Provides wildlife food and habitat
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:
Contour Farming (330)
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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