WOODLAND PARK — The Colorado State Forest Service is selling affordable seedling trees, grown by its Seedling Tree Nursery, to residents of the southeast area of the state to support its Trees for Conservation program.

The purpose of this program is to encourage connections between communities and forest health, so that individuals may enhance Colorado’s forests on their land, while helping the CSFS and other organizations across the state reach their conservation goals.

Seedling trees play a large part in the rehabilitation of burned areas of land by stabilizing soil, reducing erosion and re-creating habitat for wildlife. When communities come together to influence these factors, it helps to ensure the long-term health and resiliency of the state’s diverse forests.

Steve Rudolph, a forester in the Woodland Park Field Office and the lead for seedling tree sales in the southeast area of Colorado, says that he hopes that this program will continue to help landowners make personal commitments to their property, as well as instill a sense of pride in their state’s forests.

The CSFS will offer these seedling trees for purchase starting in late November, running through early spring. When considering which species to purchase, it is good to keep in mind factors such as elevation of the planting site, soil type and watering requirements of the plant to ensure successful seedling survival rates. The CSFS also sells seedling survival supplies, to allow customers to purchase all of the tools they may need to properly plant and grow their trees.

To purchase seedling trees, please visit csfs.colostate.edu/woodland-park/wp-seedling-trees/ and download the 2020 Order Form. Once you have filled out this form, you may mail it to the corresponding address for your pick-up location, or you can scan and e-mail it to csfs_woodlandpark@mail.colostate.edu.

For more information about the seedling tree program, please call 719-687-2951.

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