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A series of publications designed to aid the private landowner in the use of windbreaks for conservation and improved agricultural production has been jointly sponsored by the University of Nebraska, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, North Dakota State University, and the Forest Stewardship Program of the Nebraska Forest Service. Its goal is to encourage the proper management of all our woodland resources.  

Windbreaks and Shelterbelts

The Plant Materials Program develops plants and technology for use in establishing windbreaks or shelterbelts. These vegetative barriers are made up of trees, shrubs and/or grasses planted to provide shelter from the wind and to protect against soil erosion. Properly designed windbreaks can reduce the cost of energy for homes and support buildings while providing habitat for wildlife.