Middle Park Conservation District begins seedling sales
Middle Park Conservation District is announcing the beginning of its tree seedling sales. Approximately200 order forms were sent out last week. Anyone not receiving an order form can call the District office at 724-3456. Approximately 50 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 February 1. Getting your order in by the end of the year is strongly suggested. The seedlings are being sold all over the state and even out of state in some instances.
Aspen trees will not be available this year. But they’ll be back next year. Planting any of the species addresses a wide variety of needs. Shelterbelts continue to do the job of reducing erosion, controlling soil 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 they can call the District office with questions. The District is also including an order blank for seedling survival supplies. Customers should think about how much work they want to put into planting trees next spring, since the more they order the more trees they will have to plant. No care at all produces perhaps a 50% success rate, whereas proper watering and care for the first two to three years results in as high as a 90% success rate. However, the trees are not guaranteed by the District or by the Nursery.
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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