Changes to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website are coming soon.In order to see future content, please update your browser. More information.
Living Snow Fence
Living snow fence with red osier dogwood. Photo courtesy MN DOT.
Comparison of winter driving conditions on the same road with (top) and without (bottom) a living snow fence. In the top photo, note snow deposited in field downwind of vegetation at far left. Photos courtesy MN DOT.
Living snow fences , a type of windbreak, are trees/shrubs planted strategically along roads to trap snow and keep it from blowing and drifting on roads or driveways. Old living snow fences may need renovation, including removal and replacement of selected trees/shrubs, to continue working properly.
Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
National Agroforestry Center publications
See Field Windbreak and Tree/Shrub Planting resources also.
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
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com