Saline SWCD tree sale deemed successful

By Paige Nash

The Saline Soil and Water Conservation District held their annual seedling sale this past weekend, January 13-14.  

The Saline SWCD began this sale in 1990. Although they took a few years off between then and now, the annual sales have continued to grow in recent years.  

The money raised from this seedling sale goes towards the SWCD’s annual operating budget.  

District Secretary Connie Kyles said, “We raise funds for the district through this sale every year. It goes into our operating budget, and it has helped us through the years, especially with the state budget cuts that have been taking place. It has helped keep us alive.” 

The Saline SWCD aims to have an abundance of seedlings for sale every year during planting season which began December 15 and will run through March 15. 

Even though there was an issue with shipment of some of the seedlings, the sale was still extremely successful.  

If you missed the sale in Ringgold this past weekend, you could still purchase seedlings this Saturday, January 21 in Minden. The Dorcheat Soil and Water Conservation District will be holding their annual sale from 8 a.m. until noon at the USDA-NRCS Service Center located at 216B Broadway Street.  

Seedlings will be bare root and available on a first come, first serve basis.  

Available seedlings: 

$3 each – Sawtooth oak, Shumard oak, baldcypress, red maple, river birch, white dogwood, mayhaw, chinquapin, persimmon, black walnut, tulip tree, weeping willow, native sweet pecan, live oak, red mulberry, Double white althea, Double red althea, Double violet althea, Catalpa, Red crape myrtle, white crape myrtle, fringetree (grancy graybeard), crabapple, Japanese snowball. 

$4 each – Southern Magnolia, Muscadine 

$7 each – Premier blueberry, powder blue blueberry, pink dogwood, and blackberry. 

$10 each – Red delicious apple, Yellow delicious apple, Burbank plum, Santa Rosa plum, Early Elberta peach, RedSkin peach.   

Cash and check will be accepted for purchases. If you have questions, please call 318-377-3950 Ext. 3. 

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