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here is a list of

Conservation Practices
developed by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

 


For more information on the practices listed below, refer to the Field Office Technical Guides (FOTG) for the NRCS office in your state. 
Section IV of each guide contains the standards for the conservation practices adopted for use within a State.  The Table of Contents for Section IV provides a list of these practices, along with links to detailed information on each practice.

For a clickable map that will connect you to the NRCS office for your state, go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/efotg/

To navigate through the list of practices below, click on the alphabetical letter of your choice: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W |
 

A

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Access Road (FT)

560

Agricultural Fuel Storage Facility (NO)

701

Agrichemical Handling Facility (interim)

596

Agrichemical Handling Facility (NO)

 

702

 

Agrichemical Mixing Station Portable (NO)


 

703

Alley Cropping (AC)

311

Animal Trails and Walkways (AC)

575

Animal Mortality Freezers (NO)

 

774

Anionic Polyacrylamide (PAM) Erosion
Control (AC)

450

B

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Barnyard Water Management System (AC)

 

NY707

 

Bedding (AC)

310

Brush Management (AC)

314

C

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Channel Vegetation (AC)

322

Chiseling and Subsoiling (AC)

324

Clearing and Snagging (FT)

326

Closure of Waste Impoundments (NO)

360

Commercial Fishponds (AC)

397

Composting Facility (NO)

317

Concrete

--

Conservation Cover (AC)

327

Conservation Crop Rotation (AC)

328

Conservation Tillage (AC)

329

Constructed Wetland (AC)

656

Contour Buffer Strips (AC)

332

Contour Farming (AC)

330

Contour Orchard and Other Fruit Area (AC)

331

Contour Stripcropping (AC)

585

Controlled Drainage (AC)

335

Cover and Green Manure Crop (AC)

340

Cover Crop

340B

Critical Area Planting (AC)

342

Cross Wind Ridges (AC)

589A

Cross Wind Stripcropping (AC)

589B

Cross Wind Trap Strips (AC)

589C

D

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Dam, Diversion (NO)

348

Dam, Floodwater Retarding (NO. AND AC-FT)

402

Dam, Multiple-Purpose (NO. AND AC-FT)

349

Deep Tillage (AC)

324

Deferred Grazing (AC)

352

Dike (FT)

356

Diversion (FT)

362

Drainage Water Management (AC)

554

Dry Hydrant (EA)

432

E

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Early Successional Habitat Development/Management

647

Earthfill

--

F

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Fabricated Shelter for Livestock  (interim)

771

Fence (FT)

382

Fence - Barbed, Woven or Wooden (FT)

 

382A

 

Fence - High Tensile Electric Wire (FT)

 

382B

 

Fence - Steel Pipe In Concrete Curbing (FT)

 

382C

 

Field Border (FT)

386

Fill

--

Filter Strip (AC)

393

Filter Strip - Area (NO)

 

NY393a

 

Filter Strip - Strip (NO)

 

NY393s

 

Firebreak (FT)

394

Fish Passage 

396

Fish Stream Improvement (FT)

395

Fish Raceway or Tank (M, FT AND M3/S, FT3/S)

398

Fishpond Management (NO)

399

Floodwater Diversion (FT)

400

Floodway (FT)

404

Forage Harvest Management (AC)

511

Forest Harvest Trails and Landings (AC)

655

Forest Site Preparation (AC)

490

Forest Stand Improvement (AC)

666

G

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Grade Stabilization Structure (NO)

410

Grassed Waterway (AC)

412

 

Grasses and Legumes in Rotation (AC)

 

411

Grazing Land Mechanical Treatment (AC)

548

H

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Heavy Use Area Protection (AC)

561

Hedgerow Planting (FT)

422

Herbaceous Wind Barriers (FT)

422A

Hillside Bench (NO. & FT) 1/

739

Hillside Ditch (FT)

423

I

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Incinerator (EA)

769

Irrigation Canal or Lateral (FT)

320

Irrigation Erosion Control  (Polyacrylamide) 1/

716

Irrigation Field Ditch (FT)

388

Irrigation Land Leveling (AC)

464

Irrigation Pit (NO)

552A

Irrigation Regulating Reservoir (NO)

552B

Irrigation Storage Reservoir (NO. AND AC-FT)

436

Irrigation System (interim), Low Energy Precision Application

202

Irrigation System (NO. and AC), Microirrigation

441

Irrigation System (NO. AND AC), Sprinkler

442

Irrigation System (NO. AND AC), Surface and Subsurface

443

Irrigation System, Tailwater Recovery (NO)

447

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Corrugated Metal Pipeline

430II

Irrigation Water Conveyance, Corrugated Ribbed or Profile Wall Thermoplastic (interim)

430-JJ

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Ditch and Canal Lining, Nonreinforced Concrete

428A

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Ditch and Canal Lining, Flexible Membrane

428B

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Ditch and Canal Lining, Galvanized Steel

428C

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Pipeline, Aluminum Tubing

430AA

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Pipeline - Asbestos-Cement

 

430BB

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Pipeline, Nonreinforced Concrete

430CC

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Pipeline, High-Pressure, Underground, Plastic

430DD

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Pipeline, Low-Pressure, Underground, Plastic

430EE

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Pipeline, Steel

430FF

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Reinforced Plastic Mortar Pipeline

430GG

Irrigation Water Conveyance (FT), Pipeline, Rigid Gated Pipeline

430HH

Irrigation Water Management (AC)

449

L

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Land Clearing (AC)

460

Land Reclamation, Fire Control (NO)

451

Land Reclamation, Highwall Treatment (NO. AND M, FT)

456

Land Reclamation, Landslide Treatment (NO. AND HA, AC)

453

Land Reclamation, Subsidence Treatment (HA, AC)

454

Land Reclamation, Toxic Discharge Control (NO)

455

Land Reconstruction, Abandoned Mined Land (AC)

543

Land Reconstruction, Currently Mined Land (AC)

544

Land Smoothing (AC)

466

Lined Waterway or Outlet (FT)

468

Livestock Cooling Pond (AC)

779

Livestock Exclusion (AC)

472

M

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Manure Pile Area (NO)

 

NY749

 

Manure Transfer (NO)

 

634

 

Manure Transfer-Gravity Pipes (FT)

 

--

 

Manure Transfer-Pressure System (NO)

 

--

 

Manure Transfer-Pre-fabricated Tanks (NO)

 

--

 

Mine Shaft and Adit Closing (NO)

457

Mole Drain (FT)

482

Mulching (AC)

484

N

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Nutrient Management (AC)

590

O

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Obstruction Removal (AC)

500

Open Channel (FT)

582

P

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Pasture and Hay Planting (AC)

512

Pasture and Hayland Management (AC)

510

Pathogen Management

 

NY783

 

Pest Management (AC)

595

Photovoltaic Powered Pumping Plants (AC)

533-A

Pipeline (FT)

516

Planned Grazing Systems (AC)

556

Pond (NO)

378

Pond - Outlet Pipe

 

378A

 

Pond Sealing or Lining (NO), Flexible Membrane

521A

Pond Sealing or Lining (NO), Soil Dispersant

521B

Pond Sealing or Lining (NO), Bentonite Sealant 

521C

Pond Sealing or Lining (NO), Cationic Emulsion-Waterborne Sealant 

521D

Pond Sealing or Lining (NO), Asphalt-Sealed Fabric Liner 

521E

Precision Land Forming (AC)

462

Prescribed Burning (AC)

338

Prescribed Grazing - Annual Rangeland (AC)

528A

Prescribed Grazing - Woodland/Forest Land (AC)

528E

Pumped Well Drain (NO)

532

Pumping Plant for Water Control (NO)

533

R

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Range/Seed Planting (AC)

550

Record Keeping (AC)

 

NY748

 

Recreation Area Improvement (AC)

562

Recreation Land Grading and Shaping (AC)

566

Recreation Trail and Walkway (FT)

568

Regulating Water in Drainage Systems (AC)

554

Residue Management, No-Till and Strip Till (AC)

329A

Residue Management, Mulch Till (AC)

329B

Residue Management, Ridge Till (AC)

329C

Residue Management, Seasonal (AC)

344

Restoration & Management of Declining Habitats (AC)

643

Riparian Forest Buffer (AC)

391

Riparian Herbaceous Cover (AC)

390

Rock Barrier (FT)

555

Roof Runoff Management (NO)

558

Row Arrangement (AC)

557

Runoff Management System (NO. AND AC)

570

S

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Sediment Basin (NO)

350

Seeding (AC)

 

--

 

Shallow Water Management for Wildlife

646

Soil Salinity Management

571

Spoil Spreading (FT)

572

Spring Development (NO)

574

Stock Trails and Walkways (FT)

575

Stream Channel Stabilization (FT)

584

Stream Corridor Improvement (FT) 1/

745

Stream Crossing (NO)

728

Stream Habitat (AC) 
Improvement and Management

395

Streambank and Shoreline Protection (FT)

580

Stripcropping (AC), Contour

585

Stripcropping (AC), Field

586

Stripcropping, Wind (AC)

589

Structure for Water Control (NO)

587

Subsurface Drain (FT)

606

Surface Drainage (FT), Field Ditch

607

Surface Drainage (FT), Main or Lateral

608

Surface Roughening (AC)

609

T

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Terrace (FT)

600

Timber Fabrication

--

Toxic Salt Reduction (AC)

610

Tree/Shrub Establishment (AC)

612

Tree/Shrub Pruning (AC)

660

Trough or Tank (no)

614

U

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Underground Outlet (FT)

620

Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (AC)

645

Use Exclusion (AC)

472

V

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Vegetative Barriers (FT) 

601

Vertical Drain (NO)

630

W

Conservation Practice Name (& Unit Reference)

 Practice Code 

Waste Management System (NO)

312

Waste Storage Facility (NO)

313

Waste Treatment Lagoon (NO)

359

Waste Utilization (AC)

633

Water and Sediment Control Basin (NO)

638

Water Harvesting Catchment (NO)

636

Water Table Control (AC)

641

Watering Facility (NO)

614

Waterspreading (AC)

640

Water Well (NO)

642

Well Decommissioning (NO)

351

Well Plugging (NO)

755

Wetland  Restoration (AC)

657

Wetland Creation (AC)

658

Wetland Enhancement (AC)

659

Wildlife Watering Facility (NO)

648

Wetland Habitat Wildlife Management (AC)

644

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment (FT)

380

Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation (FT)

650

Woodland Improved Harvesting (AC)

654

Woodland Improvement (AC)

666

Woodland Pruning (AC)

660

Woodland Site Preparation (AC)

490

 

 

 

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