Shelterbelts were planted during Oklahomas Dust Bowl to hold soil, provide jobs 12/16/2013
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.