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Conservation Practices
Minnesota Conservation Funding Guide


Shelterbelt

Shelterbelt around a rural residence. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.
Shelterbelt around a rural residence. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.

Close-up view of one side of a shelterbelt. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.
Close-up view of one side of a shelterbelt. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.

Shelterbelts are windbreaks designed to protect farmsteads and livestock from wind and blowing snow. They can also be used to protect wildlife wintering areas. One or more rows of trees/shrubs are planted around the area to be protected, surrounding it partly (often in an L-shape) or more completely, like a squarish belt.

Shelterbelt saves energy and provides wildlife habitat while sheltering a farmstead from wind. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.
Shelterbelt saves energy and provides wildlife habitat while sheltering a farmstead from wind. Photo courtesy USDA NRCS.

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Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

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See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District