CSFS Now Accepting Seedling Tree Orders
ALAMOSA _ Jan 13, 2017
The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting orders for conservation seedlings to be delivered this spring. With the holiday season behind us and a few months of winter still ahead, now is the time to start planning your tree planting projects for spring. Placing your order early helps to ensure the species you want will be available.
The CSFS has been providing low-cost conservation seedlings and shrubs as well as planting assistance to the San Luis Valley for over 45 years. This year more than 50 varieties of trees and shrubs and 15 varieties of perennials are available from the CSFS Nursery in Ft. Collins. The purpose of the CSFS seedling tree program is to encourage Colorado farmers, ranchers, and landowners to plant seedling trees, shrubs and perennials for conservation purposes such as creating windbreaks, living snow fences, livestock shelter and pollinator habitat.
Adam Moore, District Forester for the CSFS Alamosa District says the species list is largely unchanged for this year except the addition of Saskatoon Serviceberry. Moore says “this small native shrub produces an edible fruit similar to a blueberry”. There is also a new species added to the list of perennials, Switchgrass. Moore adds “switchgrass is native to the tall grass prairie and is a great addition to any soil conservation project”.
Seedling order forms, species information and planting instructions are available at http://csfs.colostate.edu/districts/alamosa-district/alamosa-seedling-trees/. Orders for conservation seedlings can be placed through the CSFS Alamosa District office at 719-857-0915.
Orders are due by April 7, 2017 and seedlings will be available for pick up on April 22. Moore also recommends getting orders in much earlier to ensure availability of desired species, as some may sell out quickly.
The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University and provides staffing for the Division of Forestry within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. The CSFS provides technical forestry assistance, wildfire mitigation expertise and outreach and education to help landowners and communities achieve their forest management goals. The CSFS Alamosa District serves Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, Saguache, and Mineral counties.