The Kansas Forest Service has been growing evergreen seedlings all summer and will offer them for sale Sept. 4 to Oct. 13 to Kansans who agree to plant where the baby trees will help with wildlife, soil, water or energy conservation.
"These container-grown evergreens are the only plants we'll have available during the fall planting season. They're really nice plants - about 2 feet tall with extremely dense root systems. We have eastern redcedar, as well as Ponderosa, Austrian, and southwestern white pines," says Joshua Pease, coordinator of the KFS's annual Conservation Tree Planting Program.
The conservation program also will offer such non-plant items as protective (anti-rabbit) tubes, marking flags, weed barrier fabric and root slurry - which adheres to roots to prevent them from drying out during planting.
Among the approved uses for the program's seedlings are: windbreaks, living snow fences, Christmas tree farms, riparian plantings and wildlife habitat.
The minimum order for the container-grown evergreens is one unit, which is 25 trees, Pease says. The price per unit is $50. Shipping to the buyer's front door is another $10 per unit, or buyers can pick up their seedlings at the KFS state office in Manhattan.
"We try to make it easy for people to place orders," the forester says, listing these options:
- In person at 2610 Claflin Road, west of the Kansas State University campus.
- By telephone (toll-free) to 888-740-8733.
- By fax to 785-532-3305.
- By picking up an order form left from last spring's conservation tree sales in most Kansas County Conservation District offices, National Resource and Conservation Service offices, and county/district K-State Research and Extension offices. District KFS foresters also will have forms available.
More information about approved uses for the trees and the species on sale this fall is available on the Web at www.kansasforests.org/conservation/index.shtml.