Day 34 | February 3, 2014

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Conservation

Clemson Extension workers assisted farmers in placing 117,743 tons of ground limestone in 1945. Extension worked with the Soil Conservation Service and the 22 Soil Conservation districts to carry out programming. A total of 262 demonstrations and meetings were held to educate farmers on the latest conservation practices.

Here are six practices landowners can use to enhance soil and water conservation

  • establish and maintain a vegetative cover on forest and grazing lands which have a high erosion potential;
  • restore actively-eroding areas and protect them from damage during silvicultural or grazing operations;
  • construct access roads and firebreaks on highly-erodible slopes in a manner that reduces erosion potential; this includes planning for gentle grades, constructing turnouts, installing water bars and planting grass seed on temporary roads;
  • use prescribed burning to promote herbaceous ground cover for erosion control purposes;
  • limit pesticide use and nutrient additions (including aerial applications) to the type and amount as specified on the product label;
  • manage drainage networks to perpetuate long-term water table levels and maintain wetland functions.

For more information read the Protecting Soil and Water Resources fact sheet developed by the Clemson Extension Forestry & Natural Resources team.


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