Seedlings go on sale

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More than 80,000 tree and shrub seedlings are available for public purchase through the New Mexico State Forestry Division’s 2013 Spring Conservation Seedling Program. Sixty different tree and shrub species will be available, according to Conservation Seedling Forester Carol Bada. Seedling sales will begin Monday.
 “The careful planting of tree and shrub species is vital to promoting healthy forests and watersheds in New Mexico,” Bada said. “Not only will tree seedlings help rehabilitate areas affected by fires, but they will also help protect crops, promote energy conservation and improve aesthetics on both private and public lands.” 
 Seedlings are available to landowners who own at least one acre of land in New Mexico and who agree to use the trees for conservation purposes including erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation, riparian restoration, windbreak establishment, tree plantations and other conservation needs. Seedlings are available on-line at nmforestry.com and by mail-in order form. All proceeds are re-invested into the program.
 Tree and shrub species available include: ponderosa pine, shrubby cinquefoil, chokecherry, native plum, piñon, fernbush and approximately 60 others.
Bare-root seedlings are sold in bundles of 25, with a minimum order of 50 plants for $47. Small container seedlings of one-year-old plants are sold in 10-cubic-inch containers in minimum lots of 49 of the same species for $59. Large, 40-cubic-inch containers of two-year-old plants are sold in minimum lots of 20 of the same species for $50.
Mail-in application forms are being distributed at this time and may also be downloaded from the State Forestry website. Secure online ordering is also available at nmforestry.com. Visa, Master Card or Discover Cards are accepted as methods of payment. Checks are accepted with mail-in order forms.
Anyone who experiences problems downloading the application form may contact the New Mexico Forestry Division at 476-3325 and it will be sent by mail. Three methods of delivery are available ($5 handling fee): UPS; pick up in Santa Fe; or pick up at designated locations throughout New Mexico.