County Soil And Water Conservation District Tree Program Begins

It will soon be time to place orders for trees and wildlife shrubs through the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District’s 2013 Tree and Shrub Program.

Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last. Orders must be placed by April 1. Pickup is scheduled for mid-April at the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown, and the Chautauqua County Fair Grounds at Dunkirk.

The program is designed to supplement the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s annual tree and shrub program, which sells seedlings in large quantity bundles.

“Many people do not have space or time to plant 500 or 1,000 trees,” said David Wilson, district field manager. “Having trees and shrubs available in smaller quantities allows more people to experience the pleasure of helping to improve the environment through the planting of trees.”

Seventy different trees, shrubs, ground covers species, perennial flower bulbs will be offered through the district’s 2013 program. In addition to the selection of evergreens, hardwoods, wildlife shrubs and ground cover; fertilizer tablets, fluorescent Orange marking flags, tree identification booklets, “Warning: Tree Plantation” and other posted signs, bluebird, bat and butterfly houses and tree protectors will also be available this year. Again the district will offer three types of ground cover and Country Wisdom Bulletins.

The trees can be used for wildlife habitat improvement, soil erosion control, reforestation, Christmas trees, windbreaks and general beautification. For more information or to receive copies of the booklet and order form, interested individuals or groups should contact the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District Office by calling 664-2351, ext. 3, any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or visiting www.soilwater.org.