I designed this course to help soil and water conservation professionals understand how agricultural fencing contributes to environmental conservation, and how it is installed on the landscape. I cover high tensile steel, barbed wire, and woven wire fences. We will also cover how electric fences work.
Design and Estimate Fencing for Conservation Projects
Make sure your fences are constructed correctly
We'll examine the existing NY NRCS state specifications and discuss how to adapt them to your own project. You'll work through 2 fencing scenarios and estimate quantities fore each one. Then you'll complete and more advanced final project and submit it to me for grading. Students who complete the final project qualify for Conservation Approval Authority in New York State.
Getting the end brace is the key to long lasting fences, and the H-brace is the most used style for fencing in New York.
Wood, metal, plastic and fiberglass: all you'll ever need to know about fence posts!
What to do when a you need to place a post in weak soil.
Staples, pins, and insulators - what are they and what do they do?
A brief discussion of woven wire, differences with welded wire, and what gauge wire is needed.
This lecture introduces the two NY NRCS fencing specifications. In addition, you'll need to review NY Technical note 38, which covers number of fence strands or boards for different animals.
This is an open book quiz - refer back to the specs while you're answering, and you'll be learn where the most used info is found in each one.
Tim is a NY State Registered Professional Engineer with a diverse background in agricultural conservation, civil/site design, railway design, aviation design, and highway design. He is currently the State Engineer for the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee housed at the NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets, where he is dedicated to improving the planning, design, and construction of conservation practices across New York State.