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Forum staff reports, Published May 08 2009

Cass County soil district to begin tree planting

The Cass County Soil Conservation District will begin planting conservation-grade trees Monday in Cass County.

Trees, planted in rows to serve as windbreaks, slow down the summer winds, thereby reducing soil erosion and preventing hot air from drying out crops. In winter, the windbreaks can increase the energy efficiency on farmsteads and act as living snow fences.

Trees also provide wildlife habitat, improve water quality and carbon sequestration, and decrease the frequency of road maintenance.

The district hopes to plant 28,000 trees by June 15.

For more information, contact Wayne Stautz at (701) 282-2157, ext. 3.