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State forest nurseries ready for spring seedling sale

Millions of seedlings are available for the 2013 planting season, including 20 species of native bare-root trees and shrubs grown from seeds collected in Minnesota. Seedlings vary in size from 6 to 18 inches in height.

"Pines, spruces, oaks, maples, wildlife shrubs and much more are available with prices starting as low as 24 cents per piece," said Craig VanSickle, Badoura nurseries supervisor.

The nurseries are taking orders now for April and May pickup or delivery. A minimum of 500 seedlings must be or-dered, which will cover approximately one acre of ground. Seedlings can be ordered by phone at 800-657-3767.

Seedlings can be used for reforestation, improving wildlife habitat, creating shelterbelts, developing green buffers to protect water quality and cleaning the air by removing carbon dioxide.

By law, seedlings purchased from state forest nurseries may not be planted for ornamental purposes, resold, given away or removed with roots attached for a period of 10 years from the date of purchas must be planted in Minnesota.