Tree Windbreak

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2004: $7,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Western
State: Wyoming
Principal Investigator:


  • Additional Plants: native plants, trees, ornamentals
  • Animals: bovine, sheep


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, range improvement, housing, watering systems
  • Crop Production: windbreaks
  • Education and Training: extension, farmer to farmer
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement
  • Pest Management: prevention
  • Production Systems: agroecosystems
  • Soil Management: soil analysis
  • Sustainable Communities: social psychological indicators



    Our tree windbreak project is located on our ranch 15 miles south of Buffalo, Wyoming in Johnson County. We had to use a crowbar, shovel and pick to break ground for planting trees. We traveled to three different greenhouses to purchase the trees, some being small seedlings and others bigger, more developed trees. We purchased apple (several different varieties), currant bushes, cherry trees, plum trees, chokecherry trees, cotton trees and quaking aspens. We then installed a water system.


    The findings of this project benefit agriculture by producing fruit, shade and windbreaks.


    Other producers have seen the work we’ve done and are very interested in pursuing similar projects.


    Seedlings do not do as well as older trees. More mature trees are worth the money. When purchasing trees, check out local greenhouses—some are more likely to stand behind the trees if they die and will give more advice on planting and caring for them.

    We found it necessary to fence a portion of land with tires at the bottom to keep rabbits from eating the leaves off the trees.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.