NRCS conservation practice standards specify the criteria that need to be met so various practices will perform as expected. They are based upon years of experience with practice application. They are set by the level of risk that we are willing to accept in order to allow widespread use of the practice.
Fish and wildlife resources benefit directly and indirectly through the application of a number of conservation practices. For example, the establishment of trees, shrubs or native grasses provides direct benefits of food, cover and erosion control. The use of conservation tillage systems provides primary benefits of reducing soil erosion on cropfields while providing secondary benefits to wildlife by leaving a winter food source for resident wildlife.
The following list of conservation practices has a primary purpose of establishing or managing fish and wildlife habitat. A complete listing of all MN conservation practices can be found on the Minnesota NRCS Home Page or at your county USDA Service Center.