Owners of rural lands in southwestern Oklahoma can add real value to their property by planting trees for conservation purposes. By properly planning and preparing your sites now for tree planting this spring, savvy landowners will be ready when Oklahoma Forestry Services brings its conservation seedling sales to Medicine Park, Walters, Chickasha and Weatherford the week of March 12.
Forestry Services, a division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, reminds landowners that for a tree planting project to be successful in this arid region, good site preparation performed well in advance of planting will increase seedling survival significantly. And you don’t have to have a large amount of land to undertake a tree planting project; some landowners with only 5-10 acres purchase trees and shrubs to enhance their property.
So what does planning involve? It could be a simple conversation with a forester who can help you choose the right species for what you want to accomplish. Want to enhance an area to attract wildlife? There are trees and shrubs for that. Want to provide cover for your livestock? Create a woodlot for fence posts or firewood? Improve water quality? There are trees and shrubs available to meet all of these objectives. Proper preparation of your land before purchasing seedlings is another key to survival of your trees.
“Landowners can prepare their sites now and then purchase trees and shrubs to accomplish whatever objective they have set as their priority,” said George Geissler, Oklahoma State Forester. “Our truck sales are scheduled during what we refer to as ‘tree planting season’ which is February-March when trees are dormant. For some areas, April still allows a window for planting.”
Geissler said that many landowners in southwestern Oklahoma use trees to create windbreaks to protect crops and livestock, improve water quality by stabilizing stream banks, diversify wildlife habitat, restore disturbed oil and gas sites or create a woodlot for their farm. “With high energy costs and the continued push toward renewable energy, we see increased numbers of landowners interested in growing their own firewood, using species such as black locust or mulberry,” Geissler continued.
For technical assistance, or for additional information about tree planting, the state’s conservation seedling program or to obtain an order form, visit the Oklahoma Forestry Services website at www.forestry.ok.gov or call 800-517-3673.
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Posted on Tue, February 21, 2012
by Communications filed under