CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Conservation District has kicked off its annual tree sale.
The tree sale helps fund conservation education programs in the county. CCCD staff members are currently accepting orders.
The CCCD offers a wide variety of evergreen and deciduous tree seedlings, fruit trees, blueberry bushes, mountain laurel shrubs and azaleas.
Staff members encourage planting trees and shrubs not only for aesthetic pleasure, but also for wildlife food and habitat, windbreaks, erosion control and stream buffers.
Each year, the CCCD strives to offer something different than the year before. However, it always offers the old standbys, too, such as evergreen, red oak and sugar maple seedlings.
The CCCD is also selling fruit tree packages, including apple, pear, peach, plum, nectarine and crabapple. It offers a wide variety of containerized blueberry bushes, mountain laurels and azaleas.
The tree sale has offerings for people who are looking to plant shrubs with showy flowers, trees that will attract wildlife and or a backyard orchard.
All of the proceeds from the tree sale go towards providing conservation education programs in Clearfield County, such as its fruit tree pruning workshop.
This workshop will be held Feb. 24 and is free to the public (reservations required). It will provide instruction on basic fruit tree care, including fertilization, pollination, thinning and spraying information.
The tree sale also provides the funding the CCCD needs to hold its annual Conservation Celebration at Curwensville Lake.
This event is free to the public and provides hands-on conservation-themed experiences for young and old alike.
People can see live animal presentations and learn about their habitat and behaviors, try out fishing or kayaking on the lake with skilled instructors, build blue-bird houses, make crafts, play games and listen to a variety of educational presentations.
This year’s Conservation Celebration will be held Sept. 8. More information about the tree sale can be found at the CCCD’s Web site, www.clfdccd.com. The deadline for ordering trees is March 2.
Tree sale brochures and order forms can be printed from the Web site or people can call the district’s office at 814-765-2629 to request a brochure in the mail. People can also order online through the Web site.