This 31-page guide provides information about NRCS conservation practices and other activities that can be used to address air resource concerns associated with cropping systems and general land management.
We have developed a Technical Note on Basic Smoke Management Practices (BSMPs) in collaboration with the US Forest Service. This BSMP Tech Note supports recent modifications to our Prescribed Burning Conservation Practice Standard (338). Fire is an essential ecological disturbance, providing many benefits to the environment and prescribed burning can also be a means of protecting air quality by mitigating the occurrence of large wildfires. However, fire produces smoke which contains particulate matter (PM), ozone precursors, greenhouse gases, and other trace gases. BSMPs applied on prescribed burns can mitigate the impacts of smoke to public health, public safety and nuisance, and visibility. (11/2011)
Resource Concern Information Sheets
These are one page fact sheets that describe the air resource concerns addressed by NRCS conservation practices.
Webinar Combustion System Improvement (372) (Windows Media File, 15 MB) 3/10/2011: Greg Zwicke, NRCS Air Quality Engineer, Dawn Fenton of the Diesel Technology Forum, and Rachelle Thibert from John Deere gave a webinar about the new Combustion System Improvement practice standard (372) and options and considerations for engine retrofits.
Air Quality Practices and Activities (PDF, 17 KB). In March of 2006 the NRCS Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team hosted a meeting with other NRCS National and State air quality contacts. One of the products of the meeting was a list of Air Quality Practices and Activities (17 KB) that mitigate air quality impacts. The list is correlated with existing NRCS Practice Standards.