windbreaks http://hppr.org en Arizona Cypress http://hppr.org/post/arizona-cypress <p></p><p>What began as a decorative planting in a city park has developed into a love affair with an evergreen tree that may hold one of the keys to solving a major problem on the prairies and pastures of the High Plains.&nbsp; Three years ago, we planted a memorial garden for my mother in our local city park. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 14:20:20 +0000 Skip Mancini 17306 at http://hppr.org Arizona Cypress Windbreak, Part II http://hppr.org/post/windbreak-part-ii <p></p><p>In addition to the role windbreaks play in decreasing soil erosion, these valuable elements of modern day agriculture can increase crop yields, act as environmental buffers, improve air quality, and provide valuable pollinator habitat for bees and other beneficial insects.&nbsp; Windbreaks can be multifunctional, providing not only protection from the wind, dust and snow, but serving as economic stimulators through the marketing of tree products.&nbsp; To learn more about the importance of windbreaks and the design basics needed to develop a functioning shelterbelts, take part in the Southern Plains Windbreak Renovation and Innovation Workshop to be held in Dodge City, Kansas May 21 - 23, 2013.&nbsp; Call the K-State Extension office in Ford County 620-227-4542, or contact Andrea Burns at: aburns@ksu.edu. Thu, 16 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Skip Mancini 15970 at http://hppr.org Windbreak, Part II Windbreak Workshops, Part I http://hppr.org/post/windbreak-workshops-part-i <p>During the 'Dirty Thirties' various methods of controlling soil erosion were tried to help end the blowing dust and keep precious topsoil in place.&nbsp; In addition to different ways of tilling the soil, and the establishment of grasslands to hold the soil, thousands of tree rows, called shelterbelts or windbreaks, were planted to decrease wind erosion and to provide shelter for homesteads and livestock.&nbsp;&nbsp; With the advent of large scale irrigation, and especially center pivot irrigation systems, plus the fact that the numbers of occupied farmsteads has decreased, we also see a decrease in windbreaks.&nbsp;&nbsp; Today the Great Plains states are again facing critical droughts and blowing dust.&nbsp; Many of the old windbreaks are dying of age, disease, and insects.&nbsp; It is once again time to transplant tree seedlings and rebuild windbreaks.&nbsp; A three day series of workshops presented by various forestry agencies, assisted by numerous state extension offices will be held May 21 - 23 in Dodge City, Kansas.&nbsp; For more information about these meetings, contact Andrea Burns at the Kansas State Extension Office in Ford County.&nbsp; Email aburns@ksu.edu or call 620-227-4542.&nbsp; You can also get additional information on the following website:&nbsp; <a href="http://nac.unl.edu/events/southernplainsworkshop.htm">http://nac.unl.edu/events/southernplainsworkshop.htm Wed, 08 May 2013 21:15:24 +0000 Skip Mancini 15733 at http://hppr.org Windbreak Workshops, Part I