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Land Use

Multiple Land usesCropland, forestland, and pastureland comprise the major land uses in Pennsylvania and the land uses receiving the majority of the conservation treatment that address our soil, water, air, plant, and animal resources.

NRCS provides leadership and technical assistance for the conservation of our natural resources to ensure the continued production of food and fiber.

Major land use natural resource concerns include:

  •  Erosion by wind and water
  •  Maintaining and enhancing soil quality
  •  Water quality and quantity
  •  Plant condition and health
  •  Wildlife habitat

Cropland includes areas used for the production of crops for harvest. To learn more visit the Cropland page.

Range & Pasture Grazing lands are treasured features of Pennsylvania and national landscapes. To learn more visit the Grazing Lands page.

Land that is managed as forest land is an integral part of other agricultural production systems such as cropland and livestock production. To learn more visit the Forestry page.


Last updated:  June 7, 2016