"The annual sale of trees and shrubs from our Saratoga Tree Nursery can provide enormous environmental benefits," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "In addition to aesthetic beauty, planting trees and shrubs improves air quality, provides wildlife with additional habitat, helps prevent soil erosion and supplies shade in the summer."
The program provides low-cost, native plants. The nursery also offers a few non-native species that can enhance wildlife plantings and assist with stream bank stabilization. For instance, toringo crabapple provides a winter food source for wild turkey, grouse and deer while streamco willow is used in many stabilization projects.
The 2014 Tree and Shrub brochure can be found on the DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9395.html or by calling (518) 581-1439.
To order seedlings by phone contact the nursery weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (518) 587-1120. Mail orders are also accepted and can be sent to the NYSDEC Saratoga Tree Nursery, 2369 Route 50, Saratoga Springs NY 12866. Orders may be placed through mid-May. Seedlings are shipped from mid-April to mid-May.
FREE TO SCHOOLS
Schools are eligible to receive free seedlings. To participate in DEC's School Seedling Program, schools can download an application at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/9393.html, contact the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439 or contact the nearest DEC regional forestry office to request a "School Seedlings" brochure. The brochure contains all the information necessary to place an order.
Applications must be received by March 31. For more information visit the DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/75090.html.