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Tree seedlings available

A wide variety of tree and shrub seedlings are available for purchase from state forest nurseries, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "There are seedlings that work well for wildlife food and shelter, as well as for timber, shelterbelts and water conservation," said Steve Vongroven, a DNR nursery supervisor. Several new packet combinations are being offered for the 2009 planting season. New this year is a Pheasant Winter Cover Packet, a Grouse Packet, a Wild Turkey Packet and an Evergreen Packet. The nurseries also have a wide variety of conifer and hardwood seedlings available. The tree seedling order form and a list of available seedlings can be found on the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/nurseries/index. People  can also call the nursery order office at (800) 657-3767 or stop in at a local DNR Forestry office. A minimum order of 500 seedlings is required. The price varies from $90 per 500 trees to $290 per 500 trees, depending on the species ordered.