The Whitefish Area Property Owners Association is selling discounted trees and shrubs in an effort to protect water quality on the Whitefish Chain of Lakes.

Eight- and 24-inch seedlings are available for 50 cents in the following varieties: Norway red, white pine, paper birch, white spruce, red oak, high bush cranberry and serviceberry (juneberry).

Lands with good tree coverage protect lakes by slowing down runoff, allowing the water to soak into the ground and reduce lake pollution from chemicals such as roadway salt and oils. Trees and shrubs also slow down runoff containing soil, plant materials, fertilizers and pesticides.

The discounted trees and shrubs are available in limited quantities of 50 per property owner. The only restriction is that they must be planted in the Pine River Watershed, including the shorelands of the Whitefish Chain.

A limited quantity of tree tubes and stake sets are available for protecting the smaller plants during early growth. The tubes and stake sets are 50 cents.

Orders can be placed now through April 13, or while supplies last, by contacting Jeff Laurel at jlaurel@tds.net or 952-217-9429.

Orders can be picked up from 1-4 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Ideal Town Hall or 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, at the Crosslake Community Center. It is recommended that trees be planted within a few days of pick-up for best growing success.

For more information about WAPOA, visit www.wapoa.org or WAPOAMN on Facebook.