The Benefit of Trees

Every spring, we plant thousands of trees on our farm. We have many reasons for doing this:

The plastic tarp helps give the trees a better shot at growing, because they don't have to compete with grass and weeds for nutrients and space.

The plastic tarp helps give the trees a better shot at growing, because they don’t have to compete with grass and weeds for nutrients and space.

  1. Trees provide excellent habitat for wildlife. Biodiversity is preserved on the land because of the wildlife.
  2. Trees help improve the land by controlling erosion in the soil on the slopes of hills. Trees are just one of the many erosion control methods we utilize to maintain and improve our land. We also incorporate terraces, grazing techniques, and cover crops to mention a few of the other ways we prevent erosion.

    As you can see, the only trees in my area are the ones we planted. Our climate is not conducive to a large number of trees, so we cherish the ones we do have.

    As you can see, the only trees in my area are the ones we planted. Our climate is not conducive to a large number of trees, so we cherish the ones we do have.

  3. Trees also catch snow and keep it from blowing around (I am from windy Wyoming, and this can be a problem!). Once the snow has been “caught” by the tree, it can melt and provide precious moisture to the land.

    You can see the snow drift to the left of the tree compared to the amount of snow caught by the rest of the pasture

    You can see the snow drift to the left of the tree compared to the amount of snow caught by the rest of the pasture

  4. Once a grove of trees have matured, they can be used as a windbreak to provide some shelter for our livestock when they are on pasture. The prairie can be a harsh place, and trees help to stop the wind and protect the cattle from the elements. It should be noted that when a storm is coming, we take the precautions to move our animals to a location with adequate shelter for the conditions.
  5. Trees enhance the landscape, and provide natural beauty to the landscape.

    Beauty

    Sometimes you have to admire how beautiful nature can be.

  6. They convert carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe! If that’s not a good reason to plant trees, I do not know what is!

This is just one of the many conservation efforts farmers and ranchers incorporate every day to enhance the land. For more information on beef sustainability, visit: http://factsaboutbeef.com/

Rachel Purdy
Princess Farmer

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