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November 23, 2010

MADISON - The public will have an opportunity to share their ideas on desirable products and services supplied by the state's tree nursery program at two informational meetings scheduled for next month.

"We want to hear from the public what products and services are most important and what we can do to improve our delivery of those services and products," said Avery Dorland, statewide nursery coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.

The sessions will include an overview of the state tree nursery program, its current financial status, and anticipated program changes needed in 2011 to meet the Wisconsin law requiring that nurseries be financially self supporting. Nursery managers will be present at each session to answer questions and record comments. The meetings will be held from 4 to 6 p.m.:

Comments may also be submitted via an on-line survey that will go live on Dec. 7 through Jan. 7, 2011.

The state nurseries historically grow and distribute 10-15 million conifer and hardwood seedlings annually for conservation purposes to private landowners and local governments. Wisconsin's nursery program will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Storandt, DNR nursery superintendent, (715) 424-3702

Last Revised: Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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