Now is the time to buy seedlings of 65 different tree and shrub species for fall planting.
The annual state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department Forestry Division seedling sale is underway. Each year the Conservation Seedling Program offers seedlings for sale, with proceeds going back into the program. This year’s selection includes New Mexico’s state tree – the piñon pine.
“Now is the time to order seedlings for all of your fall reforestation, windbreak, wildlife habitat and erosion control projects,” said Carol Bada, the Forestry Division’s conservation seedling program manager, in a statement. “For the first time in a few years we also have plenty of piñon for your reforestation needs.”
One-year-old, small container seedlings (10 cubic-inch container) of the same species and multispecies bundles are available in minimum lots of 49 for $80. Two-season, large container seedlings (40 cubic-inch container) are available in lots of 20 for $57.
There is a $5 handling fee per order and an additional $10 fee per lot for all UPS orders. All sales are final; there are no returns.
The last day to order is Oct. 9. Distribution takes place Sept. 14 through Oct. 16, which includes curbside pickup at the Forestry Division seedling warehouse, Casa de Arboles (Tree House) at 3250 Calle Princessa Juana, in Santa Fe. Warehouse hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m.
To ensure customer and employee safety, warehouse curbside pickup will be by appointment only and COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including requiring face masks and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet.
For information on how to qualify for the program, a full list of seedlings and ordering information go to emnrd.state.nm.us/SFD/. Visa, Discover or Mastercard are accepted for payment online. Checks are also accepted with mail-in application forms, which can be downloaded from our website.
Landowners who wish to have an order form mailed to them should contact the New Mexico Forestry Division at (505) 476-3325. All proceeds are reinvested back into the Forestry Division Conservation Seedling Program.
– Submitted by New Mexico Forestry Division