Douglas County Conservation District

SERVING LANDOWNERS IN DOUGLAS COUNTY COLORADO FOR OVER 50 YEARS

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Seedling Trees for Colorado

           seedling trees 

If you are interested in participating in the 2018 program, you can print out the seedling tree order form or email us and we can email you an order form for the 2018 program.  Trees are available on a first come, first served basis.  Please call the office at 303-218-2622 or email us with any questions.  Please see below to read more about the specifics of the seedling tree program.  These trees and shrubs are specially selected to do well in Colorado's climate.

SPECIES CURRENT AVAILABILITY FROM COLORADO STATE FOREST SERVICE NURSERY:  

BUYERS GUIDE FOR SEEDLING TREE SPECIES DESCRIPTION

About our Seedling Tree Program

 The seedling tree program enables farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners to obtain seedling trees and shrubs at a nominal cost.  These seedling trees and shrubs are selected specially for Colorado's climate and are grown at the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery in Fort Collins, Colorado.    Order forms for the 2018 seedling Tree Program are available now.      The program's aim is to encourage landowners to successfully establish conservation tree plantings. There is no longer a minimum parcel size to purchase seedlings. The Douglas County Conservation District sells to landowners in Douglas County, Western Elbert County and Northern El Paso County.  We are not able to ship any of these trees.

 Each year beginning in October, landowners get the opportunity to purchase these seedlings. They have until the end of March of the following year to order.  The earlier you order, the more likely the plants you want will still be available.  "First Come, First Served"  The date for tree pickup is scheduled for 2018 is April 12th in Castle Rock, Colorado at the Douglas County Fairgrounds for all pre-ordered trees. The Seedling Tree Workshop was on January 24, 2018. We will have another one the beginning of 2019.

The species we offer all do well in Colorado.  Many sell fast, so early ordering is important to ensure you'll get exactly the trees and shrubs you want.  

  If you are interested in the program for 2018, or if you have any question, please call us at 303-218-2622 or email us.  

Conditions of sale:

  1.     There is no minimum acreage required to purchase seedling.
  2.     This nursery stock must not be used in ornamental or landscaping plantings.
  3.     No Plant purchased may be resold as a living plant.
  4.     Bare Root trees are available in multiples of 25 per species only!
  5.     Potted trees are available in multiples of 30 and some for 50 per species only!
  6.     Payment must accompany order. Refunds will not be given for cancelled  orders after March 1st.
  7.     If trees ordered are not available a refund will be issued, unless a substitution is requested.

The program reaches a few surrounding states.  If you want trees and you are not in Douglas County Conservation District in Colorado but you would like to pick up your trees in Castle Rock, CO then you can order them from us.  If you are out of the area and want to find the closest distribution location for you then you can contact the Colorado State Forest Service nursery  phone #970-491-8429 to see if they can help you contact other cooperators of the program in your county for ordering.

Why are trees a good idea?

  1. Trees cut soil erosion
    Rows of trees break up the wind on flatter lands and healthy forests protect soil from water erosion.
  2. Trees improve air and water quality
    A forest floor of leaves and decaying wood acts as a giant sponge by absorbing, filtering, and holding water; one acre of trees provide oxygen for seven people and will clean the air polluted by eight cars operated for 12 hours.
  3. Trees increase income
    Properly managed trees can provide excellent sources of income, such as the sale of trees or wood products.
  4. Trees save energy
    Recent studies show windbreaks can reduce winter fuel consumption by 10 to 30 percent.  Trees also save energy by shading - one tree has the cooling effect of five air conditioners.
  5. Trees protect livestock
    Trees reduce the wind and can significantly reduce animal stress.  Livestock not only need less feed, but their gains are higher.  Shade provided by trees is also helpful to animals on very hot summer days.
  6. Trees act as a sound barrier
    Trees and windbreaks reduce noise from high-speed traffic and other sounds.  Plant leaves, branches, and twigs all absorb sounds of different frequencies.
  7. Trees are home for wildlife
    Wooded areas make valuable cover, nesting, and breeding areas for upland game and songbirds.  In winter, when all other food is blanketed with snow, seeds and fruits of trees and shrubs provide food for nonmigratory species.
  8. Trees are a living snow fence
    In snow country, properly locating a living fence of trees and shrubs parallel to your driveway or highway helps hold snow on the fields and off the roads.
  9. Trees improve crop yields
    Soil particles blown by strong winds frequently damage small crops.  Yields also may be lowered by the effects of hot winds.  Trees protect against these hazards.
  10. Trees beautify the countryside
    Well-kept wooded areas, windbreaks, and other tree plantings undeniably enhance the aesthetic value of individual farms and the countryside.