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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) state forest nurseries are now accepting orders for April and May seedling pickup or delivery in 2014. Millions of seedlings are available for 2014 planting season, including 21 species of native bareroot trees and shrubs grown from seeds collected in Minnesota.

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"A number of new species and packets were added to the 2014 seedling order form," said Craig VanSickle, nurseries supervisor. "Red cedar, balsam fir, white cedar and cottonwood seedlings are now available, along with fruiting shrub, oak mix and spruce/fir packets."

Visit the DNR's website at www.mndnr.gov/nurseries for a list of available species and to download the tree seedling order form. Call 800-657-3767 to order seedlings.

A minimum of 500 seedlings must be ordered, which is enough seedlings to cover an acre of land. Seedlings vary in size from 6 to 18 inches in height, and prices start as low as $115 for 500 seedlings.

These seedlings can be used for reforestation, improving wildlife habitat, creating shelterbelts, developing green buffers to protect water quality and cleaning the air by removing carbon dioxide.

Minnesota landowners with forest stewardship plans should contact their plan writer for cost-share program information that cover costs to purchase and plant seedlings. Contact a local forestry office or visit www.mndnr.gov/foreststewardship to learn about the forest stewardship program.

By law, seedlings purchased from a Minnesota state forest nursery may not be planted for ornamental purposes, resold, given away or removed with roots attached for a period of 10 years from the date of purchase. Seedlings also must be planted in Minnesota.

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