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Wisconsin seeks public comment on tree nursery services

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Residents will have an opportunity to share their ideas on desirable products and services supplied by the state's tree nursery program at two informational meetings Dec. 7 and 9.

"We want to hear from the public what products and services are most important and what we can do to improve our delivery of those services and products," said Avery Dorland, statewide nursery coordinator for the Department of Natural Resources.

The sessions will include an overview of the state tree nursery program, its current financial status and anticipated program changes needed in 2011 to meet the Wisconsin law requiring that nurseries be financially self supporting. Nursery managers will be present at each session to answer questions and record comments. The meetings will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 in Tomahawk at the Rodeway Inn, 1738 Comfort Dr., and Dec. 9 in Baraboo at the West Square Courthouse Annex, room B-30, 505 Broadway St.

Comments may also be submitted via an on-line survey Dec. 7 through Jan. 7.

Wisconsin state nurseries grow and distribute 10-15 million conifer and hardwood seedlings annually for conservation purposes to private landowners and local governments. Wisconsin's nursery program will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2011.

For more information, contact, DNR nursery superintendent Jim Storandt at (715)424-3702.

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