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AGROFORESTRY
A managed woodlot can diversify a farm economy, reduce farm inputs and complement crop production.  Many farmers realize an improvement in soil moisture on the leeward side of forested areas.  When trees are absent. This can be remedied by planting shelterbelts.  These belts reduce wind speed which slows moisture loss and reduces wind erosion.  When these belts are 60 feet or wider, they are called forest belts.  Forest belts maximize snow trapping and spread the snow more evenly than a dense narrow belt design.  A wide forest belt design creates an environment more suitable for establishing a stable ecology as well as the production of forest products.  These forest products could include firewood, various timber products, berries, herbs, etc.  The environment of the wide belt is attractive to a variety of wildlife and pollinating insect species.