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Forestry Services offering Oklahoma-grown seedlings

From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

-- It’s an excellent time to plant tree seedlings for wildlife , and Oklahoma Forestry Services is now offering three different packages of seedlings to enhance the habitat of deer, songbirds, turkey, quail and a variety of other wildlife.

Each wildlife packet is made up of 25 each of four different species of trees and shrubs chosen specifically to improve wildlife habitat for landowners.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will hold tree seedling sales in the coming weeks.  “Planting conditions are the best they have been for several years, and we still have a good selection of species available,” said Kurt Atkinson, assistant director of the Forestry Services division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Orders for seedling packages are being taken via the Forestry Services online store at forestry.ok.gov, while some communities across the state have had  seedling truck sales recently which will continue through the month of March. For a full schedule of seedling truck sales and locations visit  http://www.forestry.ok.gov/2010-truck-sale-schedule.

Oklahoma grown seedlings are available to landowners for a broad range of conservation projects. Landowners use the trees for windbreaks to protect crops and livestock, timber production, water quality protection, erosion control or other natural resource projects such as firewood plantings and Christmas tree production.

Seedlings offered through the Forestry Service are one year old, bare-root, and each species is packaged in multiples of 50 with a minimum order of 100 trees. They are to be used in rural conservation plantings and cannot be used for ornamental plantings or resold as living trees.

All orders will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis and are being taken now via the online store. Paper order forms may be requested by contacting the Department’s Forest Regeneration Center at (800) 517-3673. Landowners also can visit the Forest Regeneration Center near Goldsby south of Norman where they can order, pay for and pick up their seedlings in person.

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