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Natural Snow Fences

Snow fences force wind to go around and through a fence. This causes the wind to lose energy and speed.

As the speed of the wind slows, the snow forms a drift before or behind the snow fence. How much snow a fence traps depends on the height of the fence and the amount of snow that falls.

The Region installs manufactured snow fences on residential properties next to roadways that experience lots of blowing snow.

Alternatively, a natural snow fence is a snow face created by corn crops. The rows of standing corn left after the harvest provide a barrier that controls blowing and drifting snow.

Participating farmers keep roads safer

The Region of Peel established the Natural Snow Fence Program with the help of Peel farmers whose properties were next to Regional roads. The Region uses a small portion of the farm corn crop (approximately 12 to 15 rows of corn) as natural snow fences during the winter to improve winter road safety.

    As a participating farmer, you'll:
  • Receive money as compensation from the Region of Peel.
  • Help minimize snow drifts and ice to keep the Region's roads safer.
  • Help us save on material and fuel costs of operating snow plows.
Want to provide a natural snow fence?

Call 905-791-7800, ext. 3400 (toll-free 1-888-919-7800)
for a quote.


To qualify for the Region's Natural Snow Fence program:

  • You must be able to leave up a portion of your corn crop (approximately 12 to 15 rows of corn) as a barrier.
  • Your property must be located next to a Regional road.

Revised: Wednesday October 24 2012


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