CRYSTAL FALLS—The Iron Conservation District is beginning its annual spring tree sale program with many species available again this year, along with new items such as Hemlock plugs for sale and packets of wildflower seeds collected in the U.P.
The sale of hemlock is part of a cooperative partnership with the MDNR to assist with an ongoing initiative to restore mesic conifers where they once grew in the U.P. Recommended areas for hemlock include the higher snowfall zones of the northern and western U.P.
Species for sale include a wide variety of conifers for reforestation and windbreaks (pines, spruces, balsam and hemlock), trees and shrubs for wildlife plantings (tamarack, maples, cherry, oak, and birch) and native shrubs for wildlife and ornamental purposes. Also for purchase will be apple trees, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb again this year.
Other items for sale will be rooting gel, signs, two kinds of tree protectors and planting bars (which may also be rented).
Orders will be accepted until March 31 or until species are sold out. Distribution dates will be on April 27 and 28, and the site for pick up will be at the old DNR garage next to the Crystal Falls Township Hall at the intersection of U.S. 2 and U.S. 141.
If anyone is interested in participating in the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s cost-share programs (for wildlife habitat plantings or reforestation), they should call the District office or Tom Berndt, district conservationist, at the Kingsford office at (906) 774-1550
An order form is available in this issue of the Reporter, but if anyone has questions or would like to have an order blank/newsletter sent to them, they should contact Gail Dalpra, at the district office in Crystal Falls, by calling 875-3765.