Tree Resources

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:

  • Protecting property and livestock from the wind
  • Restoring or enhancing natural beauty
  • Reducing soil erosion and improving crop yields
  • Providing food and cover for wildlife
  • Increasing property values
  • Increasing the number and health of forests
  • Reducing water evaporation, preserving winter moisture, and protecting and improving water quality
  • Controlling snow drifts
  • Reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide
  • Reducing heating and cooling costs (By providng protection from sun and wind, trees can reduce energy costs by as much as 30 percent)
  • Protecting livestock from the elements, maintaining and improving livestock weight gain, and reducing calving losses
  • Increasing our supply of renewable resources

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.

Resource Links


Agroforestry – Working Trees

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.


Choosing the Right Trees and Shrubs

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