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Order native trees and shrubs from MDC State Forest Nursery

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Harvesting seedlings for sale to the public is a popular annual event at the George XXXXXX Nursery.

Harvesting seedlings for sale to the public is a popular annual event at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) George O. White State Forest Nursery.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Native trees and shrubs can help improve wildlife habitat and soil and water conservation while also improving the appearance and value of private property. The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) George O. White State Forest Nursery offers a variety of low-cost native tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, windbreaks, erosion control, wildlife food and cover, and other purposes.

The State Forest Nursery provides mainly one-year-old bare-root seedlings with sizes varying by species. Seedlings varieties include: pine, bald cypress, cottonwood, black walnut, hickory, oak, pecan, persimmon, birch, maple, willow, sycamore, blackberry, buttonbush, holly, dogwood, elderberry, hawthorn, hazelnut, ninebark, buckeye, pawpaw, redbud, serviceberry, spicebush, sumac, wild plum, witch hazel, and others.

Seedlings are available in bundles of 10 or increments of 25 per species. Prices range from 16 – 80 cents per seedling. Sales tax of 6.1 percent will be added to orders unless tax exempt. There is an $8 handling charge for each order. Receive a 15-percent discount up to $20 off seedling orders with a Heritage Card or Conservation ID Number.

Orders are being accepted now through April 15, 2017. Supplies are limited so order early. Orders will be shipped or can be picked up at the State Forest Nursery near Licking from February through May.

Find images and information on available items along with ordering information in the Department’s 2016-2017 Seedling Order Form catalog. The catalog is available in the November issue of the Missouri Conservationist, at MDC regional offices and nature centers, online at mdc.mo.gov/seedlings or by contacting the State Forest Nursery at 573-674-3229 or StateForestNursery@mdc.mo.gov.

Tour the MDC nursery
Curious about how the MDC State Forest Nursery operates? MDC staff will offer behind-the-scenes public tours this spring. Tours will showcase how the nursery grows, stores, and ships almost 3 million seedlings each year. The open house is scheduled for Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To reserve a spot on the tour, call 573-674-3229, ext. 0.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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