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Hedgerows for Rural & Working Lands

Hedgerows have been synonymous with working lands for centuries. In recent years agricultural landowners have used hedgerows to…

  • improve crop productivityHedgerow PictureHedgerow PictureHedgerow Picture
  • create windbreaks
  • contain livestock & reduce odors
  • create habitat for better pest control
  • create privacy
  • protect nearby or adjacent waterways
  • and more!

Visit our new Hedgerows Toolkit, featuring:

  • A 78-pp. how-to handbook, Hedgerows for Rural & Working Lands in Western Washington
  • Six “ready-made” planting templates for multiple hedgerow goals, simplifying the planting-plan process
  • Online sortable plant table featuring 78 hedgerow trees & shrubs
  • Numerous resources on budgeting, funding, and all the details needed for successful hedgerow implementation
  • How-to videos for some of the resources above, like template use & budgeting for plants

sortable plant table Hedgerows Handbook Three planting templates

WSU Water Resources staff will be collaborating with local farmers, regional conservation districts, and other community partners to design and implement hedgerows on Thurston County farms. These efforts will include online and field-based workshops, plus volunteer opportunities, and the results will be used to expand the resources in the Hedgerows Toolkit.

To access the new Handbook and other Toolkit resources, find out about upcoming workshops, or volunteer, visit our new page at