Orders are now being accepted for high quality, reasonably priced seedling trees and shrubs for conservation plantings.
Conservation plantings include windbreaks, hedgerows, living snow fences, dust and visual screens, wildlife habitat enhancement, soil stabilization, reforestation/afforestation projects and Christmas tree plantations.
Seedlings are grown in Fort Collins at the Colorado State Forest Service nursery and are then sold and distributed by several cooperating conservation districts in southwest Colorado.
Requirements to participate in this annual program include the ownership of two or more acres of land and agreement not to use seedlings for landscaping purposes or to resell them as living plants. Check out http://csfs.colostate.edu/pages/seedling-tree-nursery.html for more information.
Seedlings are available as either bare root or potted planting stock, and include a wide variety of native and introduced coniferous and deciduous trees and deciduous shrubs. Among the available species are ponderosa pine, Colorado blue spruce, pinon pine, aspen, chokecherry, sumac and serviceberry. All bare root stock is sold in bundles of 25 seedlings of the same species for $23 per bundle, plus tax. The potted stock is sold in containers with 30 seedlings of the same species, and sells for $75.20 per regular container, plus tax and $40 per container, plus tax for small potted seedlings.
Seedling applications are available at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and CSU Cooperative Extension Service.
The sooner the seedling orders are placed, the better chance there is of getting the desired species.
For further information, contact San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615.