SARATOGA — The Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery annual spring seedling sale is underway.

The nursery annually offers low-cost, New York-grown tree and shrub species for sale, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said in a news release. The aim is to encourage conservation plantings and foster the next generation of forests.

The sale is open to the public and runs until May 13.

“The DEC tree nursery in Saratoga grows stock on-site from local seed sources, creating seedlings well-suited to New York’s climate,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. “Widely used for reforestation and conservation efforts across the state, these seedlings fulfill a vital niche in the conservation of our natural resources.”

More than 50 conifer and hardwood species are available in bundles of 25 or more, plus several mixed species packets for those looking for a variety. Seedlings are a minimum of 5” tall and one to three years old depending on species.

For more information including how to order, visit the Spring Seedling Sale on DEC’s website. Some species sell out early, so it is recommended to place orders by phone for the most up-to-date availability information.

The DEC is also now accepting applications for the nursery’s School Seedling Program. Schools and youth education organizations statewide may apply through March 23 to receive up to 50 free tree or shrub seedlings to plant with their students.

The program aims to help instill a sense of environmental stewardship at a young age and set a foundation that will allow students to make informed decisions about natural resources.

All schools, homeschool groups, and any youth education-based organization may apply, provided trees are planted within New York state. Seedlings are two to three years old, about four to 12 inches tall, and bare-root.

There are three packets available — 50 white spruce, 50 white pine, or 30 mixed shrub species good for wildlife habitat — and each school or organization may only receive one packet per year.

Visit DEC’s website for more information or to apply online.

For assistance or questions, contact the Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery at nysnursery@dec.ny.gov or (518) 581-1439.

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