37 species of trees and shrubs available; orders due by March 17
Order forms for the 2017 conservation tree and shrub seedling sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.
The district is offering many varieties of conservation trees and shrubs, wildflower seed mixes, and seedling packets, which have combinations of trees and shrubs chosen to attract, feed and shelter birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Landowners can practice conservation by planting seedlings and wildflowers to provide wildlife food and habitat, shelter crops and landscape, reduce heating/cooling expenses, protect water quality, reduce air pollution, and stabilize erodible land. Seedlings are also an inexpensive alternative for replacing trees that have been damaged or lost.
Thirty-seven species of trees and shrubs are available this year. The 1-to-3-year-old bare root seedlings, which range in size from 6 to 24 inches, are available in lots of 10 to 500. The district is offering an expanded selection of 4-year-old evergreen transplants, which are more mature trees with thicker stems, more branching and more developed roots. New seedling introductions to the 2017 program are basswood, eastern ninebark, shagbark hickory, winterberry holly, pin oak, swamp white oak, northern pecan and American larch.
Order forms may be obtained by:
•Stopping at the district office at 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora (behind the post office), or
•Calling 716-652-8480, ext. 5, or
•Printing the order form from the district website at www.ecswcd.org
The district also stocks marking flags, fertilizer tablets and tree shelters to help promote the success of plantings. Bluebird nest boxes can be ordered through the program or be purchased at the district office.
Orders are due by March 17. Pick-up will be on Saturday April 22, at the Fairgrounds in Hamburg.