Planting trees is for the birds, literally.
Landowners who are interested in attracting more wildlife to their property might want to check out the seedling sales currently underway by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.
The agency is selling wildlife habitat improvement packages of tree seedlings in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.
The seedlings will enhance the habitat of deer, songbirds, turkey, quail and a variety of other animals, according to the agencies.
The wildlife packets are made up of four different species of trees and shrubs.
Oklahoma grown seedlings are available to landowners for a broad range of conservation projects.
Landowners use the trees for windbreaks to protect crops and livestock, timber production, water quality protection, erosion control or other natural resource projects such as firewood plantings and Christmas tree production.
Oklahoma’s seedling planting season runs from December through early April.
There is an on-line store where landowners can buy the wildlife habitat improvement packages. Buyers can choose from more than 35 species of trees and shrubs.
Seedlings are one year old, bare-root, and each species are packaged in multiples of 50 with a minimum order of 100 trees.
For more information, visit www.forestry.ok.gov or call 800-517-FOREST.