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Windbreak/Shelterbelt Renovation

An old, overgrown fencerow which could be a valuable resource if renovated and managed.

Practice Code: 650
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

Windbreak/Shelterbelt renovation is the replacement, release and/or removal of selected trees and shrubs or rows within an existing windbreak or shelterbelt, adding rows to the windbreak or shelterbelt or removing selected tree and shrub branches.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Improves landscape aesthetics
  • Improves water quality
  • Improves air quality
  • Enhances wildlife habitat

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.


Related Conservation Practices

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

Access Control (472)
Brush Management (314)
Conservation Crop Rotation (328)
Cover Crop (340)
Field Border (386)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
Tree/Shrub Pruning (660)
Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (490)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)

Additional Information

The following Web sites provide additional information related to this conservation practice.

Windbreaks (USDA National Agroforestry Center)
Save Energy, Save Money (NRCS)

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


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