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Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment

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

Windbreaks or shelterbelts are single or multiple rows of trees or shrubs in linear configurations.

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)

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Additional Information

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

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

Photo Credits

Lincoln County Minnesota, SWCD

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