|Each day, ever-increasing demands are placed upon our land and its natural resources. People can help lessen the impact of these demands by making a personal commitment to their own property through tree planting. Few conservation efforts provide the extensive and enduring benefits that a well-designed and installed tree planting does. Tree planting is a step anyone can take to become a better steward of the land.
Tree plantings benefit land and people by:
What is Agroforestry?
Agroforestry is the intentional mixing of trees and shrubs into crop and/or animal production systems to create environmental, economic and social benefits.
Agroforestry can be thought of as “Working Trees”; trees which have specific jobs that help people and our natural resources. Agroforestry practices include field, farmstead and livestock windbreaks; riparian forest buffers along watercourses; silvopasture systems with trees, livestock and forages growing together; alley cropping that integrates crops in alley ways between high-value trees and shrubs; and forest farming where food, herbal, medicinal and decorative products are grown under the protection of a managed forest canopy. Agroforestry practices can be adapted to address special resource concerns such as a carbon storage or flood plain protection.
Learn more about the value and relationship of agroforestry to address the many issues facing agriculture, forestry and conservation. Current subjects include: Alley Cropping; Forest Farming; Windbreaks; and Riparian Forest Buffers.
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