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Accession Number PB2013-100242
Title Working Trees: Living Snow Fence. An Agrogorestry Practice.
Publication Date Nov 2011
Media Count 6p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Winter winds and blowing and drifting snow have the power to disrupt lives. Almost every year local radio stations announce school and road closures because of blowing and drifting snow. Sometimes miles of road will be closed when only a small segment has been drifted over. Blowing and drifting snow jeopardizes public safety and emergency services, interrupts businesses, increases road maintenance costs and causes livestock and wildlife mortality. Structural barriers, such as horizontal or vertical slatted snow fences, are a proven technique for reducing the impact of blowing and drifting snow. With an action similar to scattered rocks in a flowing stream, these barriers create eddy effects that alter wind speed and direction, causing snow to settle out. When roads are subject to recurring snow blockage, a more permanent, cost-effective solution is often desirable and needed.
Keywords Cost effectiveness
Emergency services
Fences
Hazards
Highway maintenance
Livestock
Living snow fence
Mortality
Natural resource protection
Plant growth
Public safety
Road closures
Snow cover
Streams
Structural barriers
Trees(Plants)
Wildlife habitat
Wind


 
Source Agency Natural Resources Conservation Service
NTIS Subject Category 50A - Highway Engineering
48B - Natural Resource Management
48D - Forestry
Corporate Author Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC. Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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