Windbreaks are lines of trees or shrubs, usually planted along the north and west edges of fields, which serve to reduce the force of the wind. Designing a windbreak involves selecting, spacing, and maintaining the right species to achieve the density, width, and height appropriate to each site. A good design will maximize the efficiency, health, and longevity of a windbreak.

•    Controls wind erosion
•    Prevents nutrient loss
•    Enhances crop quality and yield
•    Protects livestock and wildlife from harsh weather
•    Protects buildings from wind damage
•    Reduces dust, noise, and odour
•    Conserves soil and water
•    Improves moisture distribution
•    Provides opportunities for alternative crops (nuts, fruit, Christmas trees, etc.)
•    Helps manage snow dispersal
•    Provides timber
•    Promotes biodiversity 
•    Creates carbon sinks (carbon dioxide stored in trees)
•    Can provide a source of food, cover, and shelter for livestock and wildlife
•    Provides connecting corridors for wildlife

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