Don’t forget to get your tree order in early!
It’s not too late to get your tree order into the Lower Niobrara NRD as the cold wind blows 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 2022 Planting
Conifers: Red Cedar, Colorado Blue Spruce, Jack Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Rocky Mountain Juniper and SW White Pine
Broadleaf Trees: Black Walnut, Bur Oak, Red Oak, Catalpa, Cottonwood, Crabapple, Hackberry, Honey locust, Silver Maple, and Swamp White Oak.
Shrubs: American Plum, Buffaloberry, Caragana, Chokecherry, Cotoneaster, Elderberry, Golden Current, Redosier Dogwood, Serviceberry, Skunkbush Sumac, and Black Cherry.
Special Packages of 50 tree’s
#1 Wildlife Package (Chokecherry, Elderberry, woods Rose, Currant and Dogwood)
#2 Flowering Package (Serviceberry, Dogwood, Lilac, Crabapple, Caragana)
#3 West Package (Ponderosa Pine, Bur Oak, Plum, Juniper, Chokecherry)
#4 East Package (Bur Oak, SW Oak, Wood Rose, Currant, Dogwood)
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.