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Heavy Use Area Protection

Web image: Photo of concrete used to provide heavy use area protection in a barnyard areaPractice Code: 561

Heavy Use Area Protection (HUAP) is a way to stabilize a ground surface that is frequently and intensively used by people, animals, or vehicles.

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Conservation Practice Documents

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Conservation Practice Standard Overview
NRCS New York Conservation Practice Standard

Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)Conservation planners shall reference NRCS New York Field Office Technical Guide for additional documents, tools, references, and procedures required with this practice.


Related Conservation Practices

Heavy Use Area Protection may be installed as a stand-alone practice or may be applied with conservation practices to control surface water such as:

Filter Strip
Vegetated Treatment Area

It may also be necessary to modify traffic patterns around a heavy use area using practices such as:

Access Control

Other commonly associated conservation practices include:

Roofs and Covers
Roof Runoff Structure
Waste Storage Facility
Prescribed Grazing
Watering Facility

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.

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