Livestock Exclusion/Access Control
Excluding livestock from environmentally sensitive area. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.
Livestock exclusion or access control is the temporary or permanent exclusion of livestock from a designated area—often to protect streambanks, wetlands, woods, cropland, wildlife habitat or conservation buffers. Access controls can also be used to keep wildlife, people, equipment and vehicles out of an area.
Livestock exclusion is closely associated with stream corridor restoration and protection. Although well-managed streamside grazing of livestock can actually be an asset to stream corridors, there are situations where total exclusion of livestock from a stream is best. These situations include:
Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District