Plant shelter belts to protect peatlands from wind
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Rows of trees can be planted as windbreaks, which could prevent excess drying and erosion of surface peat. Strong winds and storms may become more common with climate change. Some trees do not grow in wet peat but could be planted in natural or created mounds, or along the edges of other land uses such as roads or farms.
Key peatland types for which this action may be appropriate: bogs, fens/fen meadows, tropical peat swamps.
Related actions: retain/create pollution buffer zones; build fire breaks. These could both be dual functions of shelter belts.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Peatland Conservation
Peatland Conservation - Published 2018