Windbreaks
Source: National Association of RC&D Council
Map Description:
Windbreaks are planted to prevent soil erosion and to protect crops, livestock, buildings, work areas, roads, or communities from wind or snow. Living snowfences primarily protect roads but can also harvest snow to replenish soil moisture to fill ponds and reservoirs. There are four basic types of windbreaks: farmstead/community, field, livestock, and living snowfences. Windbreaks were observed in 68% of the RC&D areas (43 states) and 65 RC&D councils were directly involved in projects. Of the RC&D's reporting windbreaks, 82% have farmstead/community windbreaks. The improved living conditions, particularly in the winter, make them popular. Field windbreaks are present in 68% of those reporting windbreaks and livestock windbreaks were observed by 56%. Several RC&D's not reporting windbreaks indicated there was potential. The issues most often addressed by windbreaks are reducing wind velocity, lowering energy costs, habitat for wildlife, livestock protection, and reducing soil erosion.

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This map is taken from a report which summarizes the results of a national survey on agroforestry. This survey was completed by Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils during the summer of 1999. Of the 315 RC&D's in the United States, 222 completed the survey (71% return). Of these, two-thirds had direct involvement in agroforestry practices.

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