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Shelterbelts for slowing the wind

Shelterbelt History

German immigrants brought the idea of planting to the New World that were very appropriate for their windy prairie settlements. However, they didn’t become popular until the 1930s dust bowl when farmers and ranchers were encouraged to establish shelterbelts throughout the Great Plains region to prevent wind erosion.


Shelterbelts not only provide much needed crop protection, but also provide other positive benefits to the people and animals that dwell around them.

Plant your own

Visit the shelterbelt demonstration in the Rotary Century Plazas on the grounds of the Cheyenne Botanic Garden.

Also visit the Laramie County Conservation District for great local information.
This link
shows some good examples of designing a shelterbelt.