The Colorado State Forest Service seedling tree program enables farmers, ranchers and rural landowners to buy seedling trees at nominal cost.

salida-ag-seedling-300x350The 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.

Each winter, the Salida District takes orders for Colorado-grown seedling trees and shrubs. In late April, the seedlings arrive at the district office for pickup by landowners.

To participate, landowners must agree to not 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).

Seedling Trees & Seedling Survival Products

Now is the time for landowners to place seedling tree orders for the 2018 spring planting season. Those interested are encouraged to complete orders soon as some seedlings will sell out this winter. The district order form (750 KB PDF) may be downloaded, picked up at the CSFS Salida District office (either in the display window outside or inside), or mailed upon request. Orders to be picked up at the district office will be accepted until the beginning of April.

Seedling survival products are also available for purchase. Ordering survival products together with seedlings will ensure both are counted and ready when it is time to pick up seedlings.

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 and district personnel are available to plant seedlings and/or share tips learned over the years.

Call the Salida District Office at (719) 539-2579 to inquire about a site visit from one of our foresters.

Seedling Guides & Resources

Planting seedlings

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.

For more information, visit the Colorado State Forest Service Nursery.