Native Shelter Belts

Native shelterbelts are barriers formed by native plants that are planted or kept in such a way as to reduce windspeed on both sides of the shelterbelt.

The benefits of such a shelterbelt are well recognized as they have been shown to help in protection of stock and crops, reduction in soil erosion and salinity issues, improvements in living environment, as well as increasing biodiversity.

 As excellent summary of the benefits can be found in a comprehensive document published by the BasalttoBay Landcare Group entitled “Economic Benefits of Native Shelter Belts”

DEPI provides considerable information on shelterbelt design and management, effect on wind erosion and impacts on wildlife on their site under the section on Erosion