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Plants for Conservation Buffers

Conservation buffers are small areas or strips of land in permanent vegetation designed to complement other conservation practices that help prevent soil erosion, protect and enhance soil quality, prevent air and water pollution, and improve wildlife habitat.  Selecting the proper plant species is key to the overall effectiveness of installed buffers. The Plant Materials Program has released many of the plant species used in various buffer practices.

With proper planning, resource inventory, site preparation, plant species selection, seed quality, seeding techniques, and subsequent management, landowners can successfully establish an array of plant species to serve as effective conservation buffers.