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Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment

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Practice Code: 380
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

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

Purposes and Benefits

  • Protects plants from wind related damage
  • Improves air quality by reducing and intercepting air borne particulate matter, chemicals and odors
  • Increase carbon storage in biomass and soils
  • Improves water quality
  • Enhances wildlife habitat
  • Manages snow deposition
  • Saves energy

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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)
Field Border (386)
Prescribed Grazing (528)
Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
Tree/Shrub Pruning (660)
Upland Wildlife Habitat Management (645)

Additional Information

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

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Lincoln County Minnesota, SWCD

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