It’s not too late to get your tree order into the Lower Niobrara NRD as the cold wind blows and the snow continues to fall this winter. It is the right time to start considering planting a new windbreak or filling in your old windbreak that has lost trees over the years. Windbreaks consisting of a variety of trees and shrubs, if properly planted, will reduce wind velocity, which impacts the distribution of blowing snow. Windbreaks can spread snow across protected areas to provide moisture for crops and rangelands, protect livestock by decreased drifting, and reduce energy cost.
Windbreaks are not only beneficial in the winter, trees and shrubs also offer habitat for wildlife and create shade on hot summer days, and nothing says fall like the beauty of leaves changing colors. In an effort to protect property and the future of natural resources, the Lower Niobrara NRD offers the following conservation trees.
Tentative Trees Species Available for the 2021 Planting
Conifers: Red Cedar, Jack Pine, Potted Ponderosa Pine, Rocky Mountain Juniper and SW White Pine Broadleaf Trees: American Elm, Black Walnut, Bur Oak, Cottonwood, Crabapple, Honey locust, Manchurian Apricot, Red Oak, Silver Maple, Schutte’s Oak, Liaotung Oak and Swamp White Oak. Shrubs: Caragana, Chokecherry, Cotoneaster, Elderberry, Golden Current, Lilac, and Redosier Dogwood, Serviceberry, Skunkbush Sumac, and Woods Rose.
Assistance in planning, designing, ordering and planting trees and shrubs is available at Natural Resources Conservation Service or Natural Resources District offices. For more information visit us on the web at www.lnnrd.org or call (402)775-2343.