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Near Orchard in Antelope County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Prairie States Forestry Project

 
 
The Prairie States Forestry Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 27, 2008
1. The Prairie States Forestry Project Marker
Inscription. The Prairie States Forestry Project was initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to combat the severe wind-caused soil erosion of the Dust Bowl days. From 1935 through 1942, the U.S. Forest Service, working with the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps planted windbreaks throughout the Great Plains. Nearly 220 million seedlings were planted creating 18,600 miles of windbreaks occupying 240,000 acres on 30,000 farms.

Nebraskans led this effort planting almost 4,170 miles of windbreaks occupying 51,621 acres on 6,944 farms. The windbreak before you was planted in April, 1935 on the John Schleusener farm and was the first windbreak established under this project in Nebraska.

Today, the growth and vigor of many of the trees has declined due to close spacing, age, and invasion of undesirable, short-lived trees. The Nebraska Forest Service and the Upper Elkhorn Natural Resource District, in cooperation with the Schleusener family, has established two demonstration areas within this windbreak to show methods of improving the condition of the remaining trees and to encourage new growth and establishment of desirable trees. The area closest to the roadway will remain unaltered as a living reminder of the Prairie States Forestry Project and the efforts of Nebraskans to protect our valuable
The Prairie States Forestry Project Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 27, 2008
2. The Prairie States Forestry Project Marker
farmland.
 
Erected by Upper Elkhorn Natural Resource District; Nebraska State Historical Society. (Marker Number 296.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 42° 21.424′ N, 98° 14.57′ W. Marker is near Orchard, Nebraska, in Antelope County. Marker is on 513 Avenue 1.4 miles north of Orchard, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orchard NE 68764, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Savidge Brothers, Aviation Pioneers ( approx. 8.7 miles away).
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAgricultureHorticulture & ForestryNatural Resources
 
South View of Windbreak image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, July 27, 2008
3. South View of Windbreak
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,230 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2008, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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