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SWCD tree and plant pre-orders available for pick-up May 1-3

Crow Wing Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) announced the tree and plant sale pick-up will be: 4-6 p.m., May 1; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 2; 9 a.m. to noon, May 3, at the Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive.

“Through the tree sale the SWCD sold over 20,000 trees and 4,000 plant plugs that will filter polluted runoff, stop erosion, and create wildlife habitat,” said Melissa Barrick, SWCD district manager, in a news release. “These plants will vegetate the equivalent of 45 contiguous acres with native vegetation.”

At the pick-up, customers may partake in free coffee and refreshments, courtesy of the SWCD Board of Supervisors. Customers may also learn from area plant experts and purchase tree cages for $15 per 25 cages.

Landowners may also arrange for SWCD staff to plant plants and trees for $60 per hour. Tree planting spades are available for a $10 deposit, limited availability.

Customers should bring a copy of the customer survey and cash, check, or credit card to complete their orders. The SWCD reports all orders must be paid in full before people will be able to pick up their orders.

Orders not picked up by noon May 3 will be charged $10. Early pick-up is not available. All plants are native stock sourced from local nurseries with verifiable seed source.

The SWCD does not guarantee survival of plants and trees. All orders are subject to the same condition that they are received from suppliers.

The deadline for pre-ordering was March 1. The SWCD may be contacted now or in the fall to sign-up to receive a 2015 pre-order form and information about future tree and plant sales.

The SWCD wanted to thank the Northland Arboretum, Central Lakes College Natural Resources Club, Area Education Center students, Crow Wing County Master Gardeners, Crow Wing County, area Boy Scouts, and volunteers who support the tree and plant sale program.

For more information, visit email or call the SWCD at 828-6197.

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