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CONSERVATION TREE PLANTING PROGRAM OFFERS SPRING SEEDLINGS

Kansas Forest Service taking orders; shipping begins in March

The Kansas Forest Service’s Conservation Tree Planting Program offers tree and shrub seedlings, as well as other items for use in conservation plantings. Plantings may function as wildlife habitat, windbreaks, woodlots, timber plantations, Christmas tree farms, or other approved plantings.

While the Forest Service distributes trees in both spring and fall, the spring distribution is by far the largest and offers both bare-root and container-grown seedlings for sale. Orders will be accepted through May 4, with seedling distribution beginning the second week of March. (The fall distribution offers only container-grown seedlings and orders are accepted from the first Monday in September through the second Friday in October.) Non-plant items, such as tree tubes and weed barrier fabric, are offered throughout the year if available.

The minimum order is one unit (25 seedlings). Orders must be placed in whole units. Partial units or mixed units (such as 1/2 unit of eastern redcedar and 1/2 unit of Austrian pine) will not be accepted. There are limited numbers of seedlings available each year, and selling out is not uncommon for many species.

Order forms are available online. (At the bottom of the page, click "Order Conservation Seedlings.") Orders are also accepted by phone at 1-888-740-8733. Order forms should be mailed to Kansas Forest Service, 2610 Claflin Rd, Manhattan, KS, 66502. Orders are shipped by UPS anywhere in the lower 48 states but cannot be shipped to post office box addresses.

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