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February 24, 2015

Now is the time to spring tree planting and to order seedlings from state nurseries.Now is the time to spring tree planting and to order seedlings from state nurseries.

MADISON -- Winter allows landowners a chance to relax and enjoy their property draped in a blanket of snow, but it is also the time they should be preparing if they are considering tree planting on their property next spring.

The spring 2015 Tree and Shrub Ordering Form is still available from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources State Reforestation 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 by searching the DNR website for keyword "tree planting."

"Every year, Wisconsin landowners plant millions of tree seedlings to enhance and restore forests, according to Joe Vande Hey, manager of the Wilson State Nursery in Boscobel.

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 landowner properties, answer questions, and help the landowner get the maximum benefits from their tree planting activities.

"Landowners contemplating tree planting projects should contact their local DNR forester, private consulting forester, or nursery staff 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," Vande Hey said. (Contact information for all DNR foresters can also be found on the DNR website.

Even though these trees will not be available for planting until spring, Vande Hey 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 1000 tree seedlings or 500 wildlife shrubs or build their own packet 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, hackberry, black cherry, silver maple, sugar maple, white birch, yellow birch, shagbark hickory, butternut and black walnut. Conifer tree species available include white spruce, black spruce, white pine, tamarack, red pine, jack pine, hemlock and white cedar. Wildlife shrubs available include hazelnut, ninebark, American plum, and silky dogwood.

"The seedlings grown at the state nurseries are high-quality native species grown from seed harvested in Wisconsin," Vande Hey 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," Vande Hey said. "Information on tree and shrub inventory is updated regularly at our website. A "Frequently Asked Questions" page helps respond to the most common questions about tree planting, along with additional links to other tree planting information. This information will help landowners maximize their tree planting 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 24, 2015

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