The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) seedling tree program enables farmers, ranchers and rural landowners to buy seedling trees at nominal cost.
Seedling Tree Program
The program is designed to encourage landowners to plant effective wind barriers to protect buildings, cropland and feedlots, help prevent erosion, enhance wildlife habitat, promote reforestation, and assist with the development of Christmas tree plantations.
To participate, landowners must own one or more acres of land and must agree not to use the seedling trees for ornamental or landscaping purposes. Please contact your local nursery for your ornamental needs. The seedling trees cannot be resold as living plants (the roots must be severed).
2013 Seedling Trees and Seedling Survival Products
Deadlines for landowners to order seedlings from the Salida District were:
- Chaffee County - March 26
- Lake County - April 16
All seedlings are grown in our nursery in Fort Collins and delivered to our district office for distribution. For lower elevation landowners living in Chaffee County, tree seedling delivery is in mid-April. For higher elevation landowners in Lake County, tree seedling delivery is in early May.
Trees for Conservation: A Buyers Guide (1.8 MB PDF) is available online or at the Salida District Office. This publication provides useful information about growth form, crown density, size, drought resistance, cold hardiness, growth rate, life span, elevational range, soil conditions, possible insect and disease problems, wildlife value, seasonal color and other information.
The information also has been condensed and combined with additional facts into an easy-to-use Species Suitability Guide for Colorado (55 KB PDF).
For in-depth information on species in these publications, visit the USDA Plants Database website. You can search this database using either scientific or common names.
Assistance with seedling selection and site planning is available directly from CSFS personnel. Planting trees and shrubs in the Upper Arkansas River Valley region takes special care.
Call the Salida District Office at (719) 530-2579 to inquire about an on-site visit from one of our foresters.
For more information, visit the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery.