NEWS

Native Tree Sale

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation District has announced its Tree Sale for Spring 20011.  A variety of bare-root seedlings, conservation-grade shrubs and trees, and tree-planting supplies may be pre-ordered from the District through March 30, 2011.

A limited number of 1-gallon potted conifer trees are being offered : American arborvitae (100 available), American hemlock (50 available), Norway spruce (150 available), fraser fir (150 available) and eastern white pine (250 available).  Cost of each tree is $5.00.  Early orders are recommended to ensure availability.

Bare root tree and shrub seedlings are being offered in bundles of 25.  Species available and cost per bundle include: bur oak ($50), white oak ($30), northern red oak ($30); swamp white oak ($50); Kimberly oak, a bur-swamp white oak cross ($50), sycamore ($50), shagbark hickory ($55), shellbark hickory ($55), persimmon ($50), black walnut ($58), American plum ($38), elderberry ($38), and red osier dogwood ($38).  Sizes of bareroot seedlings vary by species.

Conservation grade (RPM) trees available for sale at $15 per tree include bur oak, northern red oak, swamp white oak, Kimberly oak, black walnut, pecan, and northern redbud.  Hackberry RPM trees are available at $14 each.  Spring witchhazel and American hazelnut RPM shrubs are available at $13 per shrub.  There is no minimum order for the RPM species, but early orders are recommended to ensure availability.

Tree supplies available include 2 foot and 4 foot tree shelters, tree mats to control weeds, fertilizer starter packs, flagging, and a tree identification guide.

Order forms may be downloaded from www.qcnags.org or picked up at the RISWCD District office at 3020 East 1st Avenue in Milan, Illinois (airport road).  Payments must accompany all orders.   Orders will be picked up at the District office, with a tentative pick-up date scheduled for April 18th (weather dependent).  

For more information, please contact Matt Schramm, RISWCD Resource Conservationist, at 309-764-1486 x3.