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Middle Park tree-seedling sales are in full swing

Grand County CO Colorado

Middle Park Conservation District is in the midst of its tree seedling sales. Approximately 200 order forms were sent out at the end of 2011. Anyone not receiving an order form can call the District office at 724-3456. Approximately 40 different species of shrubs and trees are available from the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery. Some come as bare root seedlings and others are in either two inch or 1 inch pots. Some species are sold in lots of 50 while others come in lots of 30. Everyone is encouraged to order early in order to get the trees they’re interested in. Some species sell out by Feb. 1.

Planting any of the species addresses a wide variety of needs. Shelterbelts continue to do the job of reducing erosion, reducing energy costs and protecting livestock and reducing pollutants in our environment. Improving and restoring wildlife and riparian habitats has been the focus of many of the native shrubs produced at the nursery. Of course, planting new trees helps to restore our forests after the devastation we’ve experience from insect damage.

If anyone needs information on what species are most appropriate for their property, call the District office with questions. Customers should think about how much work they want to put into planting trees this spring, since the more they order the more trees they will have to plant. No care at all produces perhaps a 50 percent success rate, whereas proper watering and care for the first two to three years results in as high as a 90 percent success rate. However, the trees are not guaranteed by the District or by the Nursery.

The District in partnership with the Colorado State Forest Service office in Granby is hosting two tree seedling workshops. The first is scheduled for February 13 at the Granby Fire Station at 5 p.m. Come and learn about planting, tree selection and how to place your order. All questions are welcome. The second workshop is planned for March 12 at the same time and place.

Trees will be available for pick-up at the Grand County Fair Grounds in Kremmling in early May. The exact date will be announced later. The trees will only be available for pick-up one day, so as soon as customers know the date they should plan to set that day aside for a visit to Kremmling. Middle Park Conservation District is looking forward to receiving landowners’ order blanks soon. Please call the office for more information.

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