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Free seedlings available to schools

NEW YORK STATE — Schools across the state are now eligible to receive free seedlings for spring planting through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) School Seedling Program. The program provides 50 tree seedlings or a mixed packet of 30 wildlife shrubs to any public or private school that would like to participate.

The seedlings can be planted on school grounds or other community space. Teachers and students are encouraged to plan the project ahead of time by discussing the value trees contribute to the environment to determine the objectives of the planting such as erosion control, wildlife enhancement, windbreak and other conservation practices.

Planting 50 seedlings will require approximately 1,800 square feet, while the shrub planting will require about half that space.

To participate, schools should contact DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery at 518/587-1120 and request a school seedling brochure that contains all the information necessary to place an order. All orders must be received at the nursery by March 31.

For more information visit dec.ny.gov/animals/9393.html.