The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) works with local farmers as part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Initiative (CBWI). CBWI is voluntarily program that farmers, ranchers and forestland owners install conservation practices on hundreds of thousands of acres annually to help support rural economies, protect wildlife habitat and improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Tidewater County, Virginia on September 9, 2008. This is a conservation buffer zone for a quail habitat. Conservation buffers are areas or strips of permanent vegetation established in and around row crops. They include filter strips, riparian buffers, field borders, shallow water areas for wildlife, grassed waterways, field windbreaks, shelterbelts, designated wellhead protection areas, living snow fences, and contour grass strips. Buffer zones are designed to intercept sediment and nutrients, reduce soil erosion, enhance air and water quality and fish, and wildlife habitats, which encourages biodiversity and beautifies agricultural landscapes. USDA photo by Bob Nichols.
April 29, 2014
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