Nebraska Forest Service


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Published jointly by: Kansas Forest Service, through Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station & Cooperative Extension Service, Manhattan, Kansas and Nebraska Forest Service, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska


Living windbreaks and shelterbelts are important assets in rural areas of the Great Plains that protect homes, crops and domestic animals from wind throughout the year. They offer a safe haven for wildlife and provide attractive visual barriers. Windbreaks and shelterbelts can have measurable monetary value, and if they are damaged or destroyed, a professional appraisal may be necessary to determine their value. This publication is designed for professionals who are involved in windbreak and shelterbelt appraisal. It is also meant to show the complexity of appraisal work and the need to have professional help.