Conservation Practices

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Filter Strips - Areas of grasses and legumes located next to a watercourse that filters runoff by trapping sediments, nutrients, and pesticides. Filter strips also provide valuable wildlife habitat.

 

Wetland Restoration - Wetland acreage improves water quality by filtering out pollution and sediments. It also serves as a flood control mechanism by slowing the flow of water. Healthy wetlands are indispensable for recharging underground aquifers and providing specific wildlife habitat.

 

Field Windbreaks - Belts of trees or shrubs planted in single or multiple rows to reduce wind erosion, protect growing plants, and provide wildlife habitat.

 

Grass Plantings - Introduced grasses or native grasses, legumes, and wildflowers planted to reduce erosion of cropland and provide wildlife habitat.

 

Riparian Buffers - Areas of trees, shrubs, and grasses located next to streams or drains that filters runoff by trapping sediments, nutrients, and pesticides. Riparian buffers also provide wildlife habitat.