Thousands of tree seedlings are available to the public through the New Mexico State Forestry Division.
People with at least an acre of land can order the seedlings now and pick them up in Santa Fe on Sept. 10. More than 80,000 seedlings of 50 different tree species are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The seedlings are grown by the forestry division to promote tree planting on private land to create windbreaks, control erosion, reforest and restore riparian areas.
“The cool fall months are perfect for planting seedlings and will allow them to become established before they go dormant for the winter,” said state conservation seedling forester Carol Bada. “Planting seedlings now will help them be ready for the warm spring growing period.”
Multispecies bundles specific to different ecosystems are available now at $59 for 49 one-season growth seedlings. Large container seedlings are sold in 40- or 60-cubic-inch containers. They are available in lots of 20 of the same species for $50.
Ordering is available at nmforestry.com and by mail-in order form. The last day for UPS orders will be Oct. 8, while the last day for seedling pickup at the Santa Fe distribution center will be Oct. 12.
Forms are available by mail or download from nmforestry.com. If you are unable to download an order form, contact the New Mexico Forestry Division at 476-3353 and it will be sent by mail. Two methods of delivery are available for a flat $5 handling fee: UPS or in-person pick up in Santa Fe.