The Kentucky Division of Forestry is now taking applications to reserve tree seedlings for next year. By placing your order now, you can select from more than 50 species of trees including white pine, bald cypress, black walnut, white oak, yellow-poplar, dogwood, redbud and many more. These bare-root seedlings can be used by private landowners, as well as the public sector for reforestation, wildlife habitat development, erosion control, windbreaks and numerous other conservation projects.
Seedlings are packaged in bundles of 10 or 100 and range in price from $30 to $48 per bundle. They are available on a first-come, first-serve basis; therefore, it is advised to place orders as soon as possible. Order forms are available online at http://forestry.ky.gov/statenurseriesandtreeseedlings/Pages/default.aspx.
“The Kentucky Division of Forestry does this offering every year”, says Public Information Officer Lynn True. “Since 1912, the Department of Forestry has been concerned with making sure that the forests of America are preserved.” True says that the Forestry Department can plant up to 10 million seedlings in a cycle. “Seedlings adapt better to transplanting and while it may be a bit smaller at first, you ultimately wind up with a stronger, healthier tree.”
True says that in response to the chestnut tree blight of the early 20th century, foresters became dedicated to ensuring that forestation with native species is available to Kentucky residents who want to add a wind break to their property or to strategically develop a tract of land with a particular type of tree such as oak or hickory. “To produce and grow seedlings is an initiative of reforestation of our native land. Anyone can take advantage of this program and we encourage homeowners to take part by offering the smaller bundles of seedlings.”
True says that agencies such as the Department of Forestry, Fish and Wildlife and other conservation entities were federally mandated in the early 1920’s as stakeholders in the community realized that natural resources were being consumed faster than they could be replaced naturally in an ecosystem.
Place your order now for seedlings by visiting the Department of Forestry website. There you will find information about the availability of various tree species and their prices. Print off the form and take it a local forestry office. If you don’t know where your local office is, contact KDF’s main office at 1-800-866-0555.