PFRA Shelterbelt Program Cancelled
The Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) is shutting down the prairie shelterbelt program due to budget cuts in the federal government. The shelterbelt nursery in Indian Head, Saskatchewan is slated to close sometime in 2013.
Since its founding in 1901 the PFRA has provided free tree seedlings to landowners for the development of shelterbelts. These free trees helped protect farm land from the destructive forces of drought and wind and continue to shelter prairie fields to this day.
Field shelterbelt benefits:
Farm yard shelterbelt benefits:
Despite the coming closure of the PFRA, the region's shelterbelts must be maintained and new shelterbelts developed. While shelterbelt trees will no longer be free, the availability of tree seedlings is not threatened by the closure of the PFRA. Our company, TreeTime.ca, supplies shelterbelt seedlings to farmers all across Canada.