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Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

Windbreaks or shelterbelts are “environmental buffers” that are planted in a variety of settings, such as on cropland, pasture, and rangeland, along roads, farmsteads, feedlots, and in urban areas.  They are generally established to protect or shelter nearby areas from troublesome winds. Such plantings are used to reduce wind erosion, protect growing plants (crops and forage), manage snow, and improve irrigation efficiency.  Windbreaks also protect structures and livestock, provide wildlife habitat, improve aesthetics, and provide tree or shrub products. Also, when used as a living screen, windbreaks control views and lessen noise.


For information on windbreak and shelterbelt design and care contact 
your local Conservation Commission or NRCS office.



For seedlings please contact our Forest Regeneration Center at 405-288-2385.


Additional formation can also be found at the National Agroforestry Center's Website.