As the name suggests, shelterbelts provide shelter for pheasants and other wildlife during the winter. Photo by Craig Armstrong
Shelterbelts, also known as windbreaks or tree belts, create effective winter cover for pheasants and other upland wildlife to weather tough winters. By creating windbreaks, shelterbelts also reduce wind erosion and add diversity to rural landscapes. In 2013, these were the top Pheasants Forever chapters in creating sheltberbelts (numbers indicate trees/shrubs planted).
2013 Top 10 Shelterbelt Planting Chapters
Clayton County (IA) – 078 24,500
Allamakee County (IA) – 319 14,280
Black Hills (SD) – 087 12,000
Platte (SD) – 361 10,000
Mclean County (IL) – 079 9,830
Fayette County (IA) – 048 9,425
Columbia Basin (WA) – 849 8,700
Lee County (IL) – 234 7,000
Southern Prairie (IA) – 201 6,500
Southwestern Area (ND) – 276 6,500
Pheasants Forever’s full Annual Report will be published in the Spring 2014 issue of the Pheasants Forever Journal of Upland Conservation.
Field Notes are compiled by Anthony Hauck, Pheasants Forever’s Online Editor. Email Anthony at AHauck@pheasantsforever.org and follow him on Twitter @AnthonyHauckPF.