The Flagstaff County Agricultural Service Department offers the Shelterbelt Establishment Program to rural landowners to help establish and maintain healthy shelterbelts. Shelterbelts conserve soil, protect crops and yard sites, trap snow, provide wildlife habitat, and beautify the landscape.
The Shelterbelt Establishment Program is delivered through an application process and at a 50/50 cost share between Flagstaff County and the landowner for the price of the trees.
Flagstaff County offers tree planting (the shelterbelt must be at least one-third of a mile long). To help with the success of your shelterbelt, Flagstaff County will provide one watering immediately after planting.
Plastic mulch is available for purchase at cost (approximately $170/1,500-ft roll), and while supplies last. A plastic mulch applicator is available for a $100 refundable deposit. Additional watering is also available for approximately $75/hour (if resources allow). Click HERE for tips and more information about mulching.
It is recommended that residents call the County office to reserve any equipment and services for this program as soon as possible as there is high demand during the planting season.
How to plant a shelterbelt
Click HERE to learn how to properly plan and plant a shelterbelt.
Species recommended for shelterbelts
Click HERE to find out which species are recommended for shelterbelts.
Benefits of shelterbelts
Click HERE to read "Shelter belts can help increase crop yields," published Oct. 11, 2018 on The Western Producer website.
Click HERE to read "How Can You Benefit From Planting a Shelterbelt?" on the TreeTime.ca website.
Tree Pruning Tips
Click HERE for some helpful tips on tree pruning.
Plant Smart Around Power Lines
Click HERE for tips on planting safely around power lines.
Click HERE for a PDF of the application.
Click HERE to apply online.
Applications for the 2020 Shelterbelt Establishment Program will be accepted until Friday, January 31, 2020.
Got questions? Call 780-384-4118 or toll free at 1-877-387-4100.