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Published January 10, 2011, 05:40 PM

Payment for Planting

Snow-covered roads are becoming a thing we see all too often in North Dakota. One organization is working to combat the problem.

Snow-covered roads are becoming a thing we see all too often in North Dakota.

One organization is working to combat the problem.

Living in North Dakota means all of us have driven on those roads where the car in front of you is kicking up snow, then all of a sudden it's clear.

Clear, because of the trees on the side of the road.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is asking people to plant living snow fences to help keep snow from become a hazard on the roadway.

A living snow fence is similar to a shelter belt.

It's made of several rows of trees.

The difference is living snow fences are strategically placed to keep snow drifts from forming on roadways.

And the NRCS is willing to reimburse those who participate in this program.

Draper Lundquist is a program liaison for NRCS.

He says farmers and ranchers can receive funding for, "the planting and establishment of the tress and then also some of the maintenance also included with the tree planting," Lundquist said.

Some are saying this is the most cost effective way to block the snow.

The deadline to sign up for the program is March 4.

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