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The Seeds of Working Trees

The rows of trees in the left portion of this photo provide a nearby road with excellent protection from blowing and drifting snow

Trees have a job to do. Put them to "work" on your land and watch them do important tasks like improve water quality, control soil erosion, increase agricultural production, and provide wildlife habitat. The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems.

The USDA's National Agroforestry Center (NAC) has published a series of Working Trees brochures which serve as a great introduction to agroforestry. These color publications each illustrate various agroforestry practices that landowners can apply to help meet their production and conservation objectives. Visit the National Agroforestry Center to view and download the brochures that interest you.

What is Agroforestry?

Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock.

Agroforestry practices include:

Here are some of the Working Trees brochures available at the National Agroforestry Center web site.

Working Trees
for Communities
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Water Quality
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for Wildlife
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for Agriculture
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for Livestock









Information Resources

Big Flats Plant Material Center
Cape May Plant Materials Center
Norman A. Berg National Plant Materals Center
Plants Database
USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program