First Shelterbelt in the United States

First Shelterbelt in the United States (HMQM9)

Location: Willow, OK 73673 Greer County
Country: United States of America

N 35° 1.762', W 99° 30.061'

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During the 1930s severe drought plagued the states in the great plains and deepened the depression. High winds caused dust storms which blackened the sky. In 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt initiated a program to help stabilize the blowing soil and put people to work. His prairie states forestry project envisioned planting wide belts of trees from North Dakota to Texas to protect cropland and reduce damage to the environment. The Nation's first shelterbelt was planted on the H.E. Curtis farm near Mangum in Greer county, OK. Oklahoma's first state forester George R. Phillips planted the first tree on Mar. 18, 1935. From 1935 to 1942, 223 million trees were planted in 18,599 miles of shelter belts throughout the plains states with 2,996 miles in Oklahoma. The nation's number one shelterbelt is located five miles east and one mile north. Like many of the original shelterbelts and the narrower windbreaks planted since then, it continues to provide conservation benefits to this day.
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HM NumberHMQM9
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Marker Number219
Year Placed1995
Placed ByGreer County Conservation District, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture-Forestry Service, Oklahoma Forestry Association, Oklahoma Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 454297 N 3876414
Decimal Degrees35.02936667, -99.50101667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 1.762', W 99° 30.061'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 1' 45.72" N, 99° 30' 3.66" W
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Area Code(s)580
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4551-4759 E1370 Rd, Willow OK 73673, US
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