Orders being taken for trees and shrubs

The Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District is taking orders for the tree and shrub seedling booklet.

“It will soon be time to place your order for trees and wildlife shrubs through the Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District’s 2013 Tree and Shrub Program,” according to David Wilson, district field manager.

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 District Program is designed to supplement the New York 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,” Wilson said.

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 this year, we will be offering 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 and Water Conservation District Office by calling 664-2351 Ext 3, any weekday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or on its website at www.soilwater.org.