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Shelterbelts were planted during Oklahomas Dust Bowl to hold soil, provide jobs

During the 1930s, drought muscled its way across the Great Plains and strengthened the Depression. A monument titled the ???First shelterbelt in the United States??? is located between Willow and Mangum in western Oklahoma. It states that in 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt initiated a program to do what Clent Piercey said it did, hold the soil and provide jobs. Oklahoma's first state forester, George R. Phillips, planted the first tree March 18, 1935.

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2800 N Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
http://www.forestry.ok.gov