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Indiana DNR news release -- tree seedlings



DNR NEWSFAX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 26, 1997

DNR tree seedlings sell out in record time

    The Department of Natural Resources’ tree seedling nurseries usually
sell all the stock they grow each year. This year, the seedlings have
disappeared in record time.
    High interest in tree planting and necessary mine reclamation work
have contributed to the rapid sales of tree seedlings. The nurseries
grow more than four million seedlings annually, representing 40
different species. According to nursery supervisor Jim Wichman, wildlife
shrubs such as ninebark and reclamation trees like black locust account
for much of the remaining inventory of about 70,000 seedlings.
    Tree seedling orders were filled by a lottery system that began Oct.
15. Orders received from the nursery after Oct. 15 were filled on a
first-come, first-served basis. Nursery personnel will continue to fill
orders for the remaining species of trees, and will notify customers who
order out-of-stock trees that their orders cannot be filled. Order forms
for next year’s crop of seedlings will be available in September.
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For more information contact:
Julie Charles, Division of Forestry, 317/232-0141
Jim Wichman, Vallonia Nursery, 812/358-3621