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February 14, 2012

MADISON -- Winter allows landowners a chance to relax and enjoy their property as it is draped in a blanket of snow. It's also a great time for them to consider tree planting on their property next spring.

The Spring 2012 Tree and Shrub Ordering Form is now available from the Department of Natural Resources State Nursery Program. The form includes information about tree and shrub species that are available and directions on how to order. Species information and tips on how to prepare a site can also be found on the DNR Forestry Division's website.

"Every year, Wisconsin landowners plant millions of tree seedlings to enhance and restore forests, according to Jim Storandt, manager of the Griffith State Nursery in Wisconsin Rapids.

And when a landowner is thinking about what species of trees to plant, the first place to turn for advice is the local DNR office. Each county has a DNR forester available to visit your land, answer questions, and help the landowner get the maximum benefits from their tree-planting activities.

"Landowners contemplating large tree planting projects should contact their local DNR forester or a private consulting forester for advice on species selection, site preparation, planting methods, cost-sharing programs, tree planter rentals, and other considerations in establishing a successful forest tree planting," Storandt said. Contact information for all DNR foresters can also be found on the DNR website.

Even though these trees will not be distributed and planted until spring, Storandt said it is important to order now because many desirable species sell out quickly.

Landowners can purchase seedlings from the DNR state nurseries for reforestation, wildlife habitat, and windbreak and erosion-control purposes. Customers who would like to select specific seedlings or shrubs must order a minimum quantity of 1,000 tree seedlings or 500 wildlife shrubs. Another option is to purchase a pre-mixed seedling packets of 300 seedlings, usually good for landowners new to planting or those with small acreages.

Hardwood tree species available from the state nurseries include red oak, bur oak, swamp white oak, white oak, black cherry, silver maple, sugar maple, river birch, white birch, yellow birch, cottonwood, shagbark hickory, butternut and black walnut. Conifer tree species available include white spruce, white pine, red pine, jack pine, hemlock and white cedar. Wildlife shrubs available include hazelnut, ninebark, American plum, silky dogwood and red-osier dogwood.

"The seedlings grown at the state nurseries are high-quality native species grown from seed harvested in Wisconsin," Storandt said. "Planting these Wisconsin-grown trees and shrubs is a great way to improve wildlife habitat, increase the value of the land, reduce soil erosion, improve overall aesthetics, and possibly generate income for the landowner."

Seedlings and shrubs are distributed in April and early May. Landowners who order from the DNR can pick up their seedlings at the state nurseries located in Boscobel, Hayward, or Wisconsin Rapids, or in many counties, at a central location designated by the local DNR forester.

"Staff at the state nurseries places a high value on customer service," Storandt said. "Information on tree and shrub inventory is updated regularly. The State Nursery Seeding Catalog [pdf] provides information on the various seeding species. A Frequently Asked Questions page along with links to additional tree planting information help landowners to maximize their investment."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Griffith State Nursery in Wisconsin Rapids - 715-424-3700 or Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel - 608-375-4123

Last Revised: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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