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Conservation Practices

This page provides documentation related to planning or implementing conservation practices including: Vermont and National Practice Standards, Practice Information Sheets and Practice Job Sheets.

The NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) contains technical information about the conservation of soil, water, air, and related plant and animal resources.  Technical guides used in each field office are localized so that they apply specifically to the geographic area for which they are prepared.  Conservation practice standards and associated documents are found in Section IV of the FOTG.  The conservation practices listed in Section IV of the Vermont electronic FOTG (eFOTG) are commonly used practices in Vermont.

Conservation practice standards listed as Vermont versions have been modified to reflect Vermont local conditions and requirements. Vermont version practice standards must be used, when available, for conservation practice implementation in Vermont.

The following documents require Microsoft Word or Adobe Reader or Microsoft Excel

AA = Adobe Acrobat
ME = Microsoft Excel
MW = Microsoft Word
NA = Not Available

Visit a  tabular collection of important Conservation Practice Information for Vermont or the Vermont eFOTG. 


Other Documents:  Operation and Maintenance Cover Sheets and Tables of Contents:

            For Structural / Engineering Practices: AA

            For Forestry or Wildlife Practices: AA

            For Agronomic Practices: AA


Conservation practice standards, for practices not available on this page, are available on the

National NRCS Conservation Practice Standards web page.

Caution:  Consult the Vermont NRCS State Resource Conservationist or the NRCS State Conservation Engineer before using any practices not listed on this page in Vermont. 

Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) Requirements and Support Documents

Technical Requirements guidance and other documents to assist in CAP planning are available on the Conservation Activity Plan Support Documents webpage.