2017-04-06 / Life in Leelanau

Tomorrow last day to order seedlings

The Leelanau Conservation District’s annual spring seedling sale is currently underway with native tree and shrub species that are well suited for our climate and soil conditions.

The bare root seedlings are good for landowners interested in enhancing wildlife food and cover, for establishing trees for timber production, creating windbreaks or living fences, stabilizing disturbed sites and beautifying their landscape.

For assistance with choosing seedlings for your property or to order trees call 256-9783 or stop in at the Conservation District office at the County Government Center in Suttons Bay.

Orders will be taken until April 7, with pre-ordered seedling distribution from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 21 at the Leelanau Enterprise storage facility on Duck Lake Road in Lake Leelanau.

A small quantity of trees and shrubs will be available for purchase that day on a first-come first-served basis.

Forests play an important role in our lives, as they clean the air, produce oxygen and capture carbon, prevent soil erosion, keep us cool in summer, shield us from cold winter winds, protect the quality of water in our lakes and streams, enhance wildlife habitat and bring beauty to our landscape.

Forests are at risk, with elm and chestnut trees gone and 99 percent of ash trees expected to succumb to the Emerald Ash Borer. Beech Bark Disease and Oak Wilt are present, and at our southern border in Ohio looms an uncontained outbreak of Asian Longhorn Beetle, which attacks maples, but will feed on 21 other hardwoods.

People can make a difference by learning about trees and the insects and diseases that impact them. Residents are encouraged to monitor the trees in theri neighborhoods by taking seasonal walks and looking for changes.

Early detection and rapid response can make a big difference in the health of trees in your community and forest.

Diversity in your woodlot or yard will keep the landscape more interesting for you and for the wildlife that inhabit it. It is also the best defense against major damage from insect and disease outbreaks.

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