For many years the district has been providing landowners with the opportunity to purchase tree seedlings at an affordable price. This was started because tree planting is an important conservation practice that provides countless benefits, and for most landowners was cost prohibitive.
Restoration of native plant communities is equally important as restoring forest communities and planting windbreaks. Unfortunately this element of good land stewardship is not practiced to the extent that it should due to limited availability of plants, cost, and lack of convenience.
The tree program originated in order to provide landowners with an affordable and convenient way to purchase trees and shrubs for conservation practices, such as, windbreaks, shelterbelts, living snowfences, scenic buffers, wildlife habitat and more.
The tree program is an important annual event. Individuals may place orders with the Soil & Water Conservation District between January 1 and mid April. The trees come from the Minnesota State Nursery in Willow River and private nurseries. The district distributes the trees at the Sherburne County Fair Grounds in Elk River. The use of the building is courtesy of the Sherburne County Fair Board. Trees are sorted by staff and volunteers.