Shelterbelt Program

The Shelterbelt Programming at the SRRWD is designed to help landowners establish Shelterbelts on or adjacent to their agricultural land. These efforts are in partnership with ALUS Canada and the 2Billion Trees initiative. SRRWD staff will offer technical advice and help when planning shelterbelt design.

Shelterbelts offer great soil protection from wind erosion by reducing wind speeds while also trapping moisture during winter.  They provides wildlife habitat to a wide range of birds, pollinators and other animals. In addition, tree planting efforts continue to contribute to carbon sequestration goals.

Currently, the Watershed District is accepting applications for shelterbelt projects to be established in spring of 2024.

Shelterbelt Establishment Funding Opportunities

SRRWD offers funding for 100% of your purchase of trees (up to an average of $5.00 per tree) and a $200 per acre payment on shelterbelt for maintenance efforts for the first 5 years. Landowner will be responsible for site preparation, planting the seedlings providing protection and watering.

2024 Shelterbelt Program