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Windbreak & Shelterbelt Renovation 650

What it is

Single or multiple rows of trees and shrubs in linear configurations that protect areas from wind.Single or multiple rows of trees and shrubs in linear configurations that protect areas from wind.

How it helps

  • A windbreak reduces wind erosion, conserves energy, reduces heating bills, and beautifies a farmstead.
  • Trees serve as a sound barrier and muffle road noise.
  • Trees and shrubs provide food and shelter for wildlife and pollinators.
  • Improved livestock weight gains can be expected when livestock are protected from winter winds and snow.
  • Windbreaks can protect crops and plants from wind-related damage.
  • Windbreaks can serve as a natural snow fence.
  • They provide air quality improvement by reducing and intercepting air borne particulate matter, chemicals and odor.
  • Windbreaks help delineate property and field boundaries.
  • Improved irrigation efficiency.
  • Trees can increase carbon storage in biomass and soils.

Learn more

Find NRCS Massachusetts technical information in the Field Office Technical Guide: eFOTG.


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