Planting Conservation Buffer Strips

Example of a buffer between farm land and a river

Conservation buffer strips are areas or strips of land planted in permanent vegetation to slow water runoff and provide wildlife habitat in areas adjacent to waterways, lakes, or ponds. Conservation buffer strips or sometimes referred to as riparian buffers strategically placed along agricultural land can effectively slow or prevent the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides within and from agricultural production fields. Buffer strips include following: contour buffer strips, field borders, filter strips, grassed waterways, living snow fences, riparian buffers, shelterbelts/windbreaks, and wetlands.