Conservation at Work

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Learn about the benefits of conservation practices directly from the farmers, ranchers, and forestland owners applying them with our 90-second video series. Explore the different types of conservation practices and pick a video to watch below. 

Stream Crossing
1 minute
A stream crossing is a stabilized area, or a structure constructed across a stream to provide a travel way for people, livestock, equipment, or vehicles.
Windbreak Renovation:
2 minutes
The windbreak renovation conservation practice is the replacement, or removal of selected trees, shrubs, or rows within an existing windbreak.

Videos by Category



Access Control
1 minute
Access control is a temporary or permanent exclusion of animals, people, vehicles, and/or equipment from an area to benefit natural resources.
Heavy Use Area Protection
1 minute
Heavy Use Area Protection is a way to stabilize a ground surface that is frequently and intensively used by people, animals, or vehicles.


Range Planting:
2 minutes
Range planting is the establishment of grass and legumes to reduce soil erosion and improve production.
Conservation Cover:
2 minutes
Conservation cover establishes permanent protective cover on land that that will not be used for forage production.


Riparian Forest Buffer
1 minute
A riparian forest buffer is an area of trees or shrubs located adjacent to a body of water, providing a level of protection or enhancement.
2 minutes
Firebreak is designed to prevent the progress of forest fires and provide access to inner areas of the forest to fight such fires.

Soil Health

2 minutes
The mulching conservation practice applies plant residues or other suitable materials to the land surface to achieve one or a combination of purposes.
Field Borders
1 minute
Field borders are strips of permanent vegetation, such as grasses, legumes, forbs, or shrubs, that are established on one or more sides of a field.

Water Quality

Restoration and Management
2 minutes
This practice reestablishes and/or renovates unique or diminishing native terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Two-Stage Ditch
1 minute
Two-stage ditches are drainage ditches that have been modified by adding floodplain benches within the overall channel. These benches mimic a natural floodplain zone.

Water Quantity

Wetland Reserve Easements
2 minutes
Wetland Reserve Easements help private and tribal landowners protect, restore, and enhance wetlands which have been previously degraded due to agricultural uses.
Structure for Water Control
1 minute
A structure for water control conveys water, controls the direction or rate of flow, maintains a desired water surface elevation, or measures water.


Grassland Easement
2 minutes
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program helps landowners protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working agriculture operations through conservation easements.
Watering Facility
2 minutes
A watering facility is installed to provide a location for livestock to drink water. George McClelland of Petaluma, CA, uses this practice to support the grazing plan on his organic dairy farm.