Williams County Soil & Water Conservation Announces Northwest Ohio Field Windbreak Program

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•The purpose of the Northwest Ohio Field Windbreak Program is to plant field windbreaks that provide protection against soil loss due to wind erosion and wind damage to crops.
•The windbreaks may also provide food and cover for wildlife.
•Plantings where the purpose is the protection of home sites or farmsteads, landscaping, or ornamental use are not eligible for this program.
•The cost for the 2015 Northwest Ohio Windbreak Program is $0.35 per row foot.
Qualifications
•Landowners or tenants who actively farm agricultural land can qualify for the program.
•The program is for field windbreaks only. Farmstead and feedlot windbreaks do not qualify.
•The field on which the windbreak is planted must be at least 10 acres in size.
•The windbreak can be from one to six rows wide but must be at least 1,000 feet long.
•When designing a windbreak near property boundaries, it is important to ensure that the windbreak is laid out on the correct landowner’s property.
•Property line windbreaks will not be planted. Windbreaks must be located a minimum of 5 to 15 feet from property lines.
•Windbreaks must be planted outside of power line right-of-ways and other utility easements.

Services Provided
•The Northwest Ohio Windbreak Program is a full service program. Assistance available to the landowner includes an on-site inspection, windbreak design and help in completing the application.
•In the spring, a pre-emergent herbicide is applied and the seedlings planted.
•In the fall, the planting is inspected and a second herbicide application is made.
•Replacement seedlings are provided the following spring to the landowner to replant dead seedlings.

Landowner Responsibilities
•The landowner may need to perform initial site preparation. This could include clearing brush from the area to be planted or plowing a strip for planting.
•The landowner is responsible for maintaining the windbreak. This includes some weed control and replanting seedlings that die.
•Specific information on site preparation and maintenance will be provided.
Cost-share & Rental Payments
•Contact your local Farm Service Agency or the Williams Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Application Procedure
•The application deadline for windbreaks to be planted in the spring 2015 is December 5, 2014.
•A Northwest Ohio Windbreak program order form must be used. Contact your local SWCD office or the ODNR district office in Findlay to apply for a windbreak.
•A district technician or the private lands biologist will meet with you to determine eligibility and help develop a planting plan that insures a successful windbreak.
•Planting is done in early spring by the ODNR Division of Forestry, so it is best to contact them in the summer of fall and plan ahead for next year’s spring planting season.

Payment Procedure
•The landowner agrees to pay the amount indicated to the Ohio Division of Forestry upon completion of the windbreak planting.
•Payments can be made by check only.
•Landowner will be invoiced after the windbreak is planted. Payment in full is due within 30 days upon receipt of the invoice.

Please contact the Williams SWCD at 419-636-9395 Ext 3 for more information. Northwest Ohio Windbreak Program website at: http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/landownerassistance

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