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Snow Distribution Behind Single-Row Field Windbreaks

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Abstract:

Single-row windbreaks of Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila L.) trapped too much snow when trees were spaced 5 or 10 feet apart. Even 15-foot spacing, with pruning to a height of 3 feet, was unsatisfactory. When trees were purned to 6 feet, though, the 15-foot spacing gave snow distribution patterns similar to those on open fields. Green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica Marsh.) held back too much snow at 5-foot spacing but allowed a fairly uniform spread when spacing was 10 or 15 feet. No pruning was required.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Extension Forester and Associate Professor, College of Forestry, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Publication date: 1979-10-01

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