Landowners wanting low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for conservation plantings are encouraged to take advantage of the conservation tree planting program offered by the Kansas Forest Service. Conservation plant specialist Aaron Yoder says the program provides inexpensive plant material designed specifically for conservation purposes.
All items are sold in units. Each single species unit consists of 25 plants. The Kansas Forest Service also offers four special bundles: a songbird bundle, quail bundle, pheasant bundle and wildlife mast bundle. Yoder says they’re also looking at developing a pollinator bundle.
If a landowner isn’t sure which type of conservation planting is best-suited for their land, Yoder says the Kansas Forest Service can assist in developing a conservation plan.
Conservation tree planting orders are accepted through May 1st. However, Yoder suggests ordering early to increase the chances of receiving all the items you want.
Orders, which will begin shipping in mid-March, are only for conservation purposes. They may not be used for landscape plantings or grown for resale. More information and order forms can be found online at: kansasforests.org. Order forms are also available from local K-State Research and Extension offices.