Shelterbelt Program

In addition to adding beauty to farms and acreage, shelterbelts also provide shelter for yards and livestock, create wildlife habitats, conserve soil, provide fruit-bearing trees, and preserve water quality. 

The County of Northern Lights Shelterbelt Program is available for residents who wish to create shelterbelts on their properties. The program opens in early February-March, with seedlings arriving in late May. Details on the program are advertised in the County newsletter, local newspaper, County website, and the County Facebook page.

2023 Shelterbelt Orders

The order deadline for 2023 Shelterbelt Trees is Friday, January 13th, 2023. An order form can be found here. Please note that payment is not required until the time of pick up.

Shelterbelt Planning

Establishing a mature shelterbelt takes time and careful planning; selecting suitable species and ensuring there is enough space for maintenance and for seedlings to reach maturity are just a few things to keep in mind when planning a shelterbelt for your property. 

Thankfully, guides are available to help you plan your shelterbelt before ordering your seedlings! 


For questions about the County's Shelterbelt program, please contact Blake Gaugler, Ag Fieldman, at, or 780-836-3348 ext.225