PINE SEEDLINGS AVAILABLE AT DISCOUNTED PRICE THROUGH ODNR
Austrian pines used in state’s reforestation efforts, valuable as windbreaks
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio landowners interested in starting a woodlot on their properties are encouraged to take advantage of a special offer on Austrian pine seedlings from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
Austrian pine seedlings are currently available from the state tree nursery in Marietta for the reduced price of 15 cents each. A minimum order of 500 seedlings is required. At this price, the seedlings are not graded or sorted, but lifted from the nursery bed, packaged and delivered.
By taking advantage of this sale, homeowners with several acres can participate in the ODNR Division of Forestry’s reforestation efforts. In addition, an Austrian pine is a beautiful, strong tree that makes an exceptional windbreak.
Windbreaks are rows of trees and shrubs planted to protect open land and structures. A moderately dense windbreak can reduce wind speeds by 66 percent for a distance equal to 10 times the height of the windbreak. Windbreaks can lower winter heating costs, control blowing and drifting snow, increase the value of property and provide beneficial wildlife habitat. Multiple rows of trees also are effective in filtering out noise and dust from adjacent roads, developments, or fields.
The Austrian pine has been widely planted with success in eastern and midwestern North America because of its bold texture, fullness of foliage, dark green needles, and adaptability to urban conditions. The tree may grow up to 60 feet tall and 40 feet wide and has a medium growth rate.
State foresters can assist property owners in establishing stands of Austrian pine by providing on-site consultations for planting and care. Certain tax deductions are also available to property owners who establish woodlots on their property.
ODNR is the largest producer of tree seedlings in the state, selling more than 3 million trees each year for reforestation efforts. Since state reforestation efforts began more than 80 years ago, ODNR foresters have planted more than a half billion trees in Ohio.
For specific information about the availability of other tree species and their prices, or for a list of service forester locations and telephone numbers, contact the ODNR Division of Forestry toll free at 1-877-691-8733 or on the Internet at ohiodnr.com