Shelterbelts on the Great Plains: What's Happening?

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Shelterbelts in many Great Plains states are being removed because they were not properly designed and located, because they are overmature and decadent, or because the land they occupy is wanted for other uses. A symposium held in Colorado during 1976 made clear that field shelterbelts and farmstead Windbreaks are still capable of providing protection, visual variety, and environmental enhancement for man, his crops, livestock, and wildlife. Government programs offer various forms of landowner assistance, and research is seeking to improve plant selection and management practices.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Research Forester at the Shelterbelt Laboratory of the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, USDA Forest Service, Bottineau, North Dakota

Publication date: March 1, 1978

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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