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Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Allen Casey and Mark Jenzen measure tree height and width in arid western Kansas.The Plant Materials Program develops plants and technology for use in establishing windbreaks or shelterbelts. These vegetative barriers are made up of trees, shrubs and/or grasses planted to provide shelter from the wind and to protect against soil erosion. They are planted around the edges of fields or around structures. Properly designed windbreaks can reduce the cost of energy for homes and support buildings while providing habitat for wildlife.