The many benefits of shelterbelts
The Municipal District of Taber Agricultural Service Board has designed the shelterbelt program to help farmers with the establishment of shelterbelts around yards and fields. Long rows of stately trees add beauty to many farmsteads and acreages. These shelterbelts provide many additional benefits as they shelter yard sites and livestock, conserve soil, trap snow, protect water quality, and provide wildlife habitat.
Traditionally, shelterbelts were multiple straight rows of trees lining a driveway or bordering farm fields. Ecobuffers, established using different planting configurations, bring additional benefits for environmental conservation.
How to apply for the program
Thinking of starting a shelterbelt? The best time to start the planning for next year is now. Costs are shared equally between the MD of Taber and the landowner, and the MD of Taber crews will help with planting and setting up drip irrigation if water is available nearby.
Please print and complete the Shelterbelt Application Form. Completed forms can be Emailed or delivered in-person to the Administration office at 4900B - 50 Street in Taber or the Operations & Maintenance Building located on Highway 3 171027 AB-3, Barnwell.
For information on applying, suitable species, shelterbelt design, and more call 403-223-3142.
Planning your shelterbelt
Establishing a shelterbelt can be a big investment in time and money. Success depends on close attention to design, plant selection, site preparation, proper planting, early establishment maintenance, and long-term care. Careful planning improves the benefits and helps avoid problems.
Placement of trees and municipal bylaws
When planting near a property line, trees should be set back at least 150 feet (46m) from the centre line of a rural road except by Development Authority approval. Per MD of Taber Land Use Bylaw No 1722 (pg 61), when planting on a corner site (e.g. where a range road and township road meet) shelterbelts are not allowed to grow within 350 feet (107m) to preserve a sight triangle at the intersection.
Other great shelterbelt resources
While we strive to maintain the accuracy of the information on the MD of Taber website, please note that we cannot control changes to the links or content of the third-party websites shown below. We will make every effort to fix any of these instances as we find them.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society
Publications on design, eco buffers, planting for pollinators, riparian projects and site preparation.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada