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Just as they do on the farm, conservation practices on nonagricultural land can help increase food and shelter for birds and other wildlife, control soil erosion, reduce sediment in waterways, conserve water and improve water quality, inspire a stewardship ethic, and beautify the landscape.

Backyard Conservation

Learn how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home. These practices help the environment and can make your yard more attractive and enjoyable. Most backyard conservation practices are easy to use. America's farmers and ranchers have been using these practices successfully for decades.

Download the Backyard Conservation book here. You can also call the NRCS Distribution Center at 1-888-LANDCARE for your free print copy.

Urban Conservation Tip Sheets

Urban communities are expanding to meet demands of growing populations. More homes, schools, shopping centers, and more roads must be built to connect people with these services. Below are tip sheets that discuss different urban conservation activities that can help improve water quality and provide other environmental benefits:


Native Landscaping

Pervious Paving

Rain Gardens

Web Soil Survey

The Web Soil Survey provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey. It is operated by NRCS and provides access to the largest natural resource information system in the world. NRCS has soil maps and data available online for more than 95 percent of the nation’s counties and anticipates having 100 percent in the near future. The site is updated and maintained online as the single authoritative source of soil survey information. Learn more.