Order Your Conservation Trees and Shrubs to be Planted in the Spring
Now Is the Time To Order Your Conservation Trees and Shrubs to be Planted in the Spring
by Ryan Diener, Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist
Winter has definitely set in now on most of Kansas. As we all look forward to these last few weeks of cold weather pheasant hunting across the state, we should keep in mind just how difficult it is for the birds to stay warm.
Dense roosting cover is an essential part of the habitat puzzle that could be lacking in your favorite hunting spot. Look carefully at those places where you have invested time and money into putting in quality nesting and brood-rearing cover or those food plots scattered across the farm. Ask yourself if there is any quality dense cover for pheasants and quail to use during these cold winter nights. Conservation windbreaks and shrub thicket plantings could increase winter survival of birds and make those favorite hunting spots even better for years to come.
The Kansas Forest Service has already put out its annual Conservation Tree Seedling Sales order forms. These forms have been distributed and many of the chapter officers may have already received your packets. For those of you who have not used this program before, you can obtain the information from your county U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office or by going to www.kansasforests.org. You can also always contact your local Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist for the information and any help with planning your future planting.
Ordering this year begins on the first Monday in December, the 5th, and runs through the first Monday in May, the 7th. Pick-up or delivery of trees and shrubs begins the second Monday in March, the 12th, and runs through the second Monday of May, the 14th. The program offers trees and shrubs that are adapted to growing in Kansas. You can also order weed barrier fabric and tree tubes to help ensure that your planting will succeed. Remember that even a little habitat work can go a long way in local conservation efforts. Happy hunting!
For more information about natural resources conservation, please contact your local NRCS office or conservation district office. The office is located at your local USDA Service Center (listed in the telephone book under United States Government or on the internet at offices.usda.gov). More information is also available on the Kansas Web site at www.ks.nrcs.usda.gov. Follow us on Twitter @NRCS_Kansas. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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