Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Ever wonder what to do with that bare spot on your property or how to bring birds to your yard?
The Underwood Conservation District (UCD) is offering low-cost, locally grown tree and shrub seedlings for sale.
Tree species available include ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and western red cedar, as well as some flowering shrubs and groundcovers.
Prices vary depending on quantities ordered, but bundles of 10 trees can be as low as $3.50. Orders should be made as soon as possible to ensure selection. The seedlings will be ready for pickup and planting this coming spring.
Planting trees and shrubs helps reforest disturbed areas, creates wildlife habitat, and protects soil and water quality. In addition, planting conifers is an excellent long-term investment, will improve the appearance of your property and serve as a visual buffer or windbreak for your home.
Underwood Conservation District also has some bird and bat boxes available on a first come-first serve basis. Prices range from $10 to $20 depending on the size.
These can be hung on trees and buildings to provide housing for birds or bats on your property. The presence of birds and bats helps control insect populations like mosquitoes, therefore benefiting the local ecosystem and serving as a natural, environmentally-friendly pesticide.
Free of cost, UCD helps landowners design land stewardship plans for their property with advice on planting and thinning methods, planning for water and soil protection, and improving wildlife habitat.
UCD can also help arrange for cost-share assistance in implementing projects that protect water quality and other natural resources. Projects vary from planting trees to remediating erosion problems.
Planting tools are also available for loan.
Proceeds from the tree sales and bird/bat box sales help promote environmental education programs at both White Salmon and Carson/Stevenson schools.
Currently these schools participate in outdoor studies along Jewett Creek, the Wind River and the Little Wind River giving students hands-on experience exploring land use effects on water quality and salmon.
For more information about tree sales and UCD programs, call 493-1936 or drop by the UCD office located in the Park Center building, 170 NW Lincoln Street, White Salmon.