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Operation Windbreak

"Operation Windbreak" began in 1998 and focused primarily on farmstead windbreaks. The project has been expanded to establish windbreaks on  major roads in the area. They are needed to improve driving conditions in winter weather and increase highway safety.windbreak_1.jpg

Partners and sponsors for the project include Waste Management, Cloverland Electric Cooperative, Chippewa Emergency Management, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and the Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Conservation District.  This partnership  has joined together to begin a multi-phase project to provide these much needed windbreaks.  Over forty miles of exposed road ways have been pinpointed for further study.

Traffic corridors will be prioritized by risk factors, related accidents statistics, and ease of access to required planting  distances. Future sites may need to be considered on private land bordering high risk areas. There are cost share dollars in USDA Farm Bill programs which may be able to defray costs to those landowners.

Click here to review the "Operation Windbreak" brochure.

Volunteers are needed. A long term plan is being developed and funding  sought.  Call 635-1278 if you want to be involved.

This page last updated on 5/8/2016.

2847 Ashmun St. | Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 | (906) 635-1278

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