2012-02-23 / Local News

Seedling program runs through mid-March

Time is running out to order tree and shrub seedlings through the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s 2012 Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Program.

Orders must be received by March 16 for the 2012 sale. Many Erie County residents have taken advantage of the opportunity to purchase bare-root seedlings through the program, according to a release from Don Stribick, a conservation district technician.

Planting trees and shrubs provides wildlife cover and food, stabilizes soil, protects water quality, shelters crops and landscape, reduces air pollution, and reduces heating and cooling expenses.

The program offers 34 species of seedlings, including evergreens, hardwood trees and conservation shrubs. The district also offers 11 varieties of 4-year-old evergreen transplants. The bare-root plants are sold in pre-packaged bundles of various sizes, and seedling sampler packs are available for attracting songbirds, butterflies and wildlife. Also for sale are wildflower seed mixes, fertilizer tablets, marking flags and tree shelters to protect the seedlings.

For order forms and seedling information, visit the district website at www.ecswcd.org, stop by the Soil and Water Conservation District Office at 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora, or call 652-8480, ext. 5.

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