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Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems

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By Rex Dufour, (National Center for Appropriate Technology NCAT); Sarah Brown, Ben Bowell and Carrie Sendak (Oregon Tilth); Jennifer Miller (Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides); Mace Vaughan, Eric Mader, Jessa Guisse, Jolie Goldenetz Dollar, and

Published: June 2013

Updated: n/a



15 pages


This document provides guidance in installing practices for use as buffers in organic production systems in order to meet the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations. Conservation buffers are generally strips of vegetation placed in the landscape to influence ecological processes and provide a variety of services. They are called by many names including wildlife corridors, greenways, windbreaks, and filter strips.

Table of Contents


Table 1.
Primary and Secondary
Benefits of Buffer-Related Practices
Buffer Site Design
Site Preparation

Table 2.
Weed Management Options
Short-Term Maintenance and Planting Considerations
Long-Term Maintenance of Buffers

Appendix A.
Seed Suppliers and Plant Lists

Appendix B.
Classes of Organic Herbicides

Appendix C.

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