Virginians looking to plant trees on their land in the spring will have to go no farther than their computer. The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) opened its online tree seedling store today.
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This year, VDOF has expanded the quantities of its offerings. Seedlings are now available in bundles of 10 and 25; previously, the smallest quantity of bareroot seedlings available was 50.
“Adding smaller quantities allows us to meet the needs of some of our customers,” said Josh McLaughlin, nursery forester. “Not every customer is planting 100 trees or more. Some [landowners] want to add trees to their property, and since they have a smaller area to plant, they want to make a purchase without buying large numbers of seedlings that they can't use. The 10 and 25 quantities mean we're offering what our customers are looking for.”
The VDOF's two tree nurseries grow and sell 24 million tree seedlings each year.
State Forester Carl Garrison said, “Our tree nurseries cultivate, pack and ship some of the best species available – something we've been doing for the citizens of the Commonwealth for 92 years.”
Virginians who are interested in purchasing tree seedlings can log onto the VDOF website atwww.dof.virginia.govand order from the more than 40 species available. The online store also includes information to help landowners choose the right species, as well as pricing and shipping details. A seedling price guide, with a mail-in order form, is also available at any VDOF office.
For more information, or to place an order over the phone, call the Augusta Forestry Center at 540.363.7000.
The Virginia Department of Forestry protects and develops healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians. Headquartered in Charlottesville, the Agency has forestry staff members assigned to every county to provide service to citizens of the Commonwealth. VDOF is an equal opportunity provider.
With nearly 16 million acres of forestland and more than 144,000 Virginians employed in forestry, forest products and related industries, Virginia forests provide more than $27.5 Billion annually in benefits to the Commonwealth.
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