The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting Tri-River area orders on a first-come, first-serve basis for low-cost seedling trees, shrubs and perennials grown at its Fort Collins nursery. More than 100 species/size options are available, with seedlings ordered now to be distributed next spring.
Coloradans interested in conservation goals such as creating natural windbreaks, improving wildlife habitat or reforesting properties impacted by wildfire or floods are eligible to purchase the seedlings. CSFS Nursery Manager Josh Stolz says Colorado-grown species are adaptable and ideal for a variety of conservation uses.
The CSFS seedling tree program is designed to encourage Colorado landowners to plant seedling trees and shrubs for conservation purposes. Through a cooperative effort with Colorado State University Extension offices and county conservation districts throughout the state, approximately 5,000 Coloradans obtain CSFS seedling trees each year.
Conservation seedlings have many uses and benefits, including:
• Wind/snow control to protect roadways and livestock;
• Enhanced wildlife habitat/forage;
• Reforestation and reclamation;
• Increased property values;
• Energy conservation through reduced utility bills; and
• Creating habitat for honeybees and other pollinators.
There is no minimum acreage requirement for landowners to purchase CSFS seedling trees for conservation, reclamation and reforestation goals.
Tri-River area seedling orders should be placed in the county where they will be picked up in May 2017, with information available at the following contact numbers: Mesa County 244-1834, Delta County 874-2195 and Montrose County 249-3935. More information about the CSFS Nursery is available at www.csfs.colostate.edu/seedling-tree-nursery.