Shelterbelt/Windbreak
Implementation on the Farm


Educational Materials


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What is a shelterbelt and why are they used?
A shelterbelt is a group of trees, shrubs, and grasses planted around an odor source to facilitate mixing of air and a reduction in odor transport from the source. Shelterbelts can also help to improve the visual aesthetics of a site.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Practice Information Sheet IS-MO380 discusses the benefits, design and maintenance of a shelterbelt for odor control.

Additional Educational Materials:

Odor: Can Trees Make a Difference? (National Agroforestry Center)

Screens for Small Yards (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Standard Tree Planting Detail (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Standard Tree Planting Detail with Graphics (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Successful Tree Planting (Iowa Department of Natural Resources)


Online Information:

Introduction to Planting Trees (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Forestry

Tree Planting Breakthrough (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Wildlife Management Practices (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Windbreak Article (Missouri Department of Conservation)

Vegetative Environmental Buffers (Iowa State University)

Nebraska Shelterbelt Site on Odor Control (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)