Pennsylvania Game Commission offering seedlings for landowners

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Much of the Pennsylvania landscape is frozen over, but now is the time to plant tree and shrub seedlings that can help wildlife. The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will be accepting orders until April 22.

“Landowners may purchase seedlings for wildlife food and cover, watershed protection, soil erosion control, and for reclamation of disturbed areas, such as surface mine site and utility right-of-ways,” Cliff Guindon, Howard Nursery superintendent, said in a statement.

The nursery sells seedlings in units/bundles of 25. Orders of 12 more total units receive discounted pricing. Prices are as low as $3.75 per unit of 25 seedlings (15 cents each).

The following species are available: Eastern white pine; red pine; white spruce; Norway spruce; Douglas fir; Canada hemlock; Arborvitae/Northern white cedar; common elderberry; red elderberry; graystem dogwood; blackhaw viburnum; American highbush cranberry; buttonbush; scrub oak/bear oak; pin oak; Northern red oak; white oak; black walnut; shagbark hickory; American hazelnut; Chinese chestnut; black locust; American mountain ash; Washington hawthorne; assorted crabapple; American sweet crabapple; and assorted standard apple.

Order forms and information are available on the agency’s website.  Click on “General Store” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then click on “Howard Nursery” in the drop-down menu listing and scroll down and choose “2011 Seedling Order Form.”

The order form can be completed and submitted online, or printed out and faxed or mailed. Payments are not due until the order is confirmed by Howard Nursery. For those without internet access, order forms can be obtained at Game Commission offices or various displays or booths at shows in which the agency participates through the spring or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Howard Nursery, 197 Nursery Road, Howard, PA 16841.

For more information, contact the Howard Nursery, 197 Nursery Road, Howard, PA 16841, at (814) 355-4434. Hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.




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