State forestry now taking 2018 tree seedling orders

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The New Mexico State Forestry Division has opened the ordering platform for tree seedlings.

People wishing to purchase seedlings must own at least one acre of land in New Mexico and the trees must be used for conservation purposes, such as reforestation, riparian restoration, wildlife habitat, wind breaks and Christmas tree plantations.

Orders opened Dec. 4. Distribution won't take place until the spring -- from March 5 to April 20 -- when seedlings will be either shipped via UPS or available for pick-up in Santa Fe, according to the Forestry Division's website.

The Forestry Division offers more than 60 different species for sale during the annual fall and spring sales. These seedlings are sold in small containers, large containers and bare root.

"Please note all containerized species are offered in the fall and bare root species and any remaining containerized species are offered in the spring. We switched to this schedule because it has been shown that fall is a highly successful time to plant containerized seedlings. Plants have time to establish roots over the winter while dormant before putting on top growth in the spring and as an added bonus the weather is better for planting," read the division's website.

More than four million trees that were purchased through this program run by the Forestry Division of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department have been planted throughout New Mexico since 1960, according to the website.

Ordering information, as well as planting and care instructions, are available on at the department's website.

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