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Conservation Practice Standards

On this page find links to national conservation practice standards and supporting documents.

Technical guides are the primary scientific references for NRCS. They contain technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, animals (domestic and wild), and energy resources, while acknowledging related human considerations. Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared. These documents are referred to as Field Office Technical Guides (FOTGs).

What follows on this webpage makes up Section 4 in a Field Office Technical Guide. To find these documents at the local level, visit our FOTG website.

NOTICE — National conservation practice standards should not be used to plan, design or install a conservation practice. You must use the conservation practice standard adopted and modified for use by the state in which you are working to ensure that you meet all state and local criteria, which may be more restrictive than national criteria.

In addition to conservation practice standards, most of the practices below include overviews, conservation practice physical effects worksheets, and network diagrams. Learn more about the information provided by the standards and supporting documents.

Watch our Conservation at Work video series to hear about the benefits of conservation practices directly from the farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners applying them.