Shelterbelts and Windbreaks
About: Shelterbelts and windbreaks have become an important part of the American landscape. Shelterbelts and windbreaks have been planted to slow wind erosion, reduce home heating and cooling costs, improve homestead quality of life, defer snow from piling along structures and create ecosystems for both birds and wildlife. Establishing a new shelterbelt or windbreak takes time and patience. MSU Cascade County Extension offers on-site visits, planning consultations, classes, and shrub and tree selection. MSU Cascade County Extension works with the Cascade Conservation District and Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery.
Program: The Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery offers tree and shrub seedlings for use in conservation plantings. Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery seedlings are strictly for conservation practices and cannot be used for ornamental or landscape plantings.
Orders from landowners with 10 or more acres will be given priority before March 1. Landowners with less than 10 acres can place their order any time, but these orders won't be confirmed until March 1 pending seedling availability. The minimum order is 250 seedlings for new plantings. When replacing seedlings from a previous nursery order, the minimum order is a single bundle (example 50 deciduous, 25 evergreens).
Orders must be received by March 15 to insure delivery by state truck. Trees and shrubs are delivered by the Seedling Nursery in April in Great Falls, MT. A letter to landowners who have placed an order will be notified of pick up dates, times, and location.
The order form, detailed description of each species, inventory, and pricing can be found at Montana Conservation Seedling Nursery.
The Cascade Conservation District provides a tree planter to be used for shelterbelts
and windbreaks. To reserve the tree planter, call (406) 727-3603.