3. The Van Paassen Farm Native Tree Windbreak & Habitat Corridor Project on Existing Restored Land

This native treed windbreak was established in 1994 and serves as a wildlife corridor. April 4, 2013.

The above photo illustrates a native treed windbreak. It was established in 1994 and serves as a wildlife corridor. The photo was taken on April 4, 2013. The photo just below and on the right shows an 8.5 acre native prairie that was established in 2010. This photo was taken on August 7, 2013.

The Van Passen Farm – a corn and cash crop operation – joined the ALUS program in 2008 and expanded a Native Treed Windbreak on a strip of existing restored land. The Van Passen Farm established a wildlife corridor along a dry, erodible sand dune in 1994 under the Permanent Cover Program.  Native species such as Black Oak, Eastern Flowering Dogwood, Red Cedar and White Pine including a diverse mix of forbs and shrubs were planted to mimic natural vegetation communities. Upon joining the ALUS program, the windbreak and wildlife corridor was planted with Red Oak, White Pine, White Ash and Flowering Dogwood, Shagbark Hickory, Black Oak and White Oak. The project covers and area of 5.6 acres.

The project provides several environmental benefits. It affords an effective level of wind erosion control while offering extensive wildlife habitat and movement corridors. This feature should also provide mast for wildlife species such as Wild Turkey, Bobwhite Quail, Ruffed Grouse and migrant songbirds. As well, species at risk planted on the site, such as Flowering Dogwood will benefit from a wider distribution and a greater landscape presence.

The Van Passen Farm added to their restoration efforts by implementing a Tallgrass Prairie Restoration project in 2010, covering 8.5 acres of the farm. To recognize existing stewardship projects implemented before the ALUS program began, landowners may enrol such projects in ALUS if they were initiated since 1990, by their own hand and provided they implement additional stewardship projects of an equal or larger area.  In this case, Mr. Van Passen receives annual payments for the benefits of nature from 5.6 + 8.5 = 14.1 acres


Coordinates to view Native Treed Windbreak and Habitat Corridor: 42⁰47’30.681”N 80⁰14’42.101”W

Contact Name: 
Denika Piggott
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