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Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment

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Practice Code: 380

Windbreaks or shelterbelts are single to multiple rows of trees and possibly shrubs planted in a linear fashion. They are established upwind of the areas to be protected. Renovating a windbreak may involve removing, releasing, or replacing selected trees and shrubs or rows of trees or shrubs.

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Conservation Practice Documents

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Conservation Practice Standard Overview
NRCS New York Conservation Practice Standard

Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)Conservation planners shall reference NRCS New York Field Office Technical Guide for additional documents, tools, references, and procedures required with this practice.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Access Control
Brush Management
Field Border
Prescribed Grazing
Tree/Shrub Establishment
Tree/Shrub Pruning
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management

Additional Information

Windbreaks (USDA National Agroforestry Center)
Save Energy, Save Money Conservation Practices that Save: Windbreaks/Shelterbelts (NRCS)

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If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.

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