Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) help landowners plant more than a million conservation trees each year. The Central Platte NRD has sold over 3.7 million trees since 1973 and is now taking orders for spring planting.
There are 40 species trees and shrubs available; all selected to grow well in central Nebraska. Seedlings are sold in bundles of 25 trees for $22.50. A tree planting service is available for orders of 200 trees or more. The planting service costs an additional $.40 cents per seedling. To have a planting plan designed for you, contact your local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Conservation trees benefit both people and animals by providing shade and shelter, reduce soil erosion, protect crops and livestock, provide food and cover for wildlife, buffer noise, provide valuable products and add beauty to our landscape. They are ideal for landowners to plant as windbreaks, wildlife areas, riparian buffer strips, or for other conservation practices. The seedlings are grown at Halsey State Forest and are generally one to two years old when landowners receive them.
Small acre packages are also available for landowners who don’t need 25 of the same kind of tree. The Eastern Nebraska, Western Nebraska, Flowering, and Wildlife packages have 50 seedlings for $55 with five different species and 10 of each specie.
To place an order, call the Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or visit the NRD office at 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island, NE. Tree photos, detailed descriptions, and order forms are also available at: cpnrd.org/conservation-tree-program.