ODNR RENEWS CONIFER MATCH PROGRAM FOR SPRING 2008
-- BUY 500 CONIFER SEEDLINGS, GET 500 CONIFERS FREE
Conifer Match Program saves money, requires
total minimum order of 1,000 Ohio Conservation Seedlings
COLUMBUS, OH - Landowners who order a minimum of 500 conifer seedlings in any of six varieties from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) for planting this spring, can receive an equal number of free conifer seedlings.
The ODNR Division of Forestry Conifer Match Program represents significant savings for landowners who want a total of at least 1,000 seedlings for conservation and reforestation purposes.
“As a special incentive to encourage larger plantings and to stimulate reforestation efforts, we are renewing last year’s popular Conifer Match Program,” said David Lytle, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. “These Ohio Conservation Seedlings are grown specifically for planting in natural resource protection and habitat improvement projects.”
Conifer species available through the match program include arborvitae, Austrian pine, pitch-loblolly cross pine, shortleaf pine and white pine. Under program guidelines, landowners are required to protect all plantings from grazing and fire and pay all normal shipping costs.
Conifer orders will be priced at the “1,000 and over” discount rate. Both the ordered conifers and the free conifer seedlings will be shipped together, with delivery in time for planting this spring. All seedlings are shipped via UPS.
For availability of tree species and prices, contact the Division of Forestry toll free at 1-877-691-8733 or online at ohiodnr.com. The Conifer Match Program is available while supplies of white pine last.
ODNR sells more than 2 million seedlings for reforestation each year from its Marietta State Tree Nursery. In the past 80 years, more than a half billion trees were sold to reforest Ohio.
For Further Information Contact:
Andy Ware, ODNR Division of Forestry (614) 265-1089
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations (614) 265-6860