portagetreesThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state forest nurseries are gearing up for their spring seedling sale.

Millions of seedlings are available for the 2013 planting season, including 20 species of native bareroot trees and shrubs grown from seeds collected in Minnesota. Seedlings vary in size from 6 to 18 inches in height.

“Pines, spruces, oaks, maples, wildlife shrubs and much more are available with prices starting as low as 24 cents per piece,” said Craig VanSickle, nurseries supervisor.
The state forest nurseries are taking orders now for April and May pickup or delivery. A minimum of 500 seedlings must be ordered, which will cover approximately one acre of ground. Seedlings can be ordered by phone at 800-657-3767.

Visit the DNR’s website (www.dnr.state.mn.us) for a list of available species and to download the tree seedling order form.

Seedlings can be used for reforestation, improving wildlife habitat, creating shelterbelts, developing green buffers to protect water quality and cleaning the air by removing carbon dioxide.

By law, seedlings purchased from Minnesota state forest nurseries may not be planted for ornamental purposes, resold, given away or removed with roots attached for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase and seedlings must be planted in Minnesota.