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Landowners can order trees and shrubs

The San Juan Conservation District is taking orders for high-quality, reasonably priced seedling trees and shrubs to be planted especially for conservation planting.

Conservation plantings include windbreaks, hedgerows, living snow fences, dust and visual screens, wildlife habitat enhancement, soil stabilization, reforestation/afforestation projects and Christmas tree plantations.

The seedlings are grown in Fort Collins at the Colorado State Forest Service nursery and are then sold and distributed by cooperating Conservation Districts in Southwest Colorado.

To participate, landowners need to own at least two acres of land, use the seedlings for conservation purposes and not landscaping, and agree not to resell seedlings purchased through the program as living plants.

The 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.

All bare root stock is sold in bundles of 50 seedlings of the same species and are $42 per bundle, plus tax. The potted stock is sold in containers with 30 seedlings of the same species, and sells for $52.50 per regular container plus tax and $32 per container, plus tax, for small potted seedlings. A $5 handling fee will be assessed per total order.

Orders will be taken through March 26. Place your order early for best selection. The trees will be available to pick up on April 14.

Landowners can obtain a seedling order form from the San Juan Conservation District located at 505A Piedra Road, or the CSU Cooperative Extension Service at the county fairgrounds.

For more information, call the San Juan Conservation District at 731-3615.