HIGHLAND - The Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District is conducting its annual bare-root seedling sale. The program offers a variety of inexpensive conservation trees, shrubs, wildflower seeds, ground covers with which landowners can beautify and protect their property, as well as wildlife nesting boxes for bluebirds, butterflies, bats, hawks, and wood ducks. Also on sale are fertilizer tablets and rain gauges.

Price depends on the species, size, and quantity, ranging in size from six to fifty inches, and are being sold in quantities of 10 for $10-$12, 25 for $22-$26, 50 for $36-$48, and 100 for $70-$85. Many of the species are ideal for erosion control and many are attractive uses for wildlife food and cover, windscreens, shade, and privacy.

Orders are now being taken and can be picked up during the third week of April at two locations: the Ulster County Fairgrounds at 249 Libertyville Road in New Paltz, Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19; and at the Ulster County Highway Garage, 317 Shamrock Lane (off Hurley Avenue) in Kingston, Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. The deadline for ordering is March 30. Order early to ensure availability.

Any excess stock available can be purchased on the pick-up days on a “first come-first served” basis. Call the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District at 883-7162, ext. 6085, for an order form, or stop by the office located at the 5 Park Lane, in Highland, open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Order forms can also be downloaded from the district website at ucswcd.org.