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Living snow fences
Control blowing and drifting snow
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MN Board of Water and Soil Resources


USDA Farm Services Agency


MN Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts


USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service


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What is a living snow fence?

Living snow fences are trees, shrubs and native grasses located along roads or around communities and farmsteads. Properly designed and placed, these living barriers trap snow as it blows across fields, piling it up before it reaches a road, waterway, farmstead or community.



How does it work?

Drift-free roads are achievable through proper road design and snow fences. A suitably designed roadway will promote snow deposition in ditches rather than on the roadway, and blowing snow that does reach the road will move across without drifting. Snow fences can also help maintain clear roadways by capturing blowing snow upwind of a problem area and storing that snow over the winter season.



What are the benefits?

Living snow fences: