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WOODLAND RESTORATION INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP > HOW TO RESTORE WOODLAND AT YOUR SCHOOL > STUDY THE SITE > WIND EXPOSURE

For this activity, you will determine the wind exposures on your site. In Wisconsin, the prevalent summer winds are from the south and southwest; prevalent winter winds are from the north and northwest. Fully exposed open areas may be drier in the summer and colder in the winter than areas sheltered from the prevailing winds. Site-specific wind patterns often result from prominent landforms, such as steep slopes or structures that may funnel or redirect air movements. Plant species will need to be winter hardy and drought tolerant in an area exposed to prevailing winds. Wind-sensitive species can be planted in areas sheltered from the winds.

 

Materials needed:

  • compass
  • map of the site
  • clipboards and pencils

Directions:

  • Using a compass, determine the prevailing summer and winter wind directions on your site. Identify and locate on your map, site-specific wind patterns created by prominent landforms or structures. Indicate areas on an overlay map that are fully exposed and locations that are sheltered from winds.