Why a tree sale?

Every year, the Sanilac/St. Clair Conservation District holds a spring and fall tree sale. These tree sales have a number of different species of plants ranging from conifers to hardwoods, fruit-bearing trees and shrubs, and even some fruit and vegetable plants. But why does the conservation district have a tree sale?

tree sale pic 3Like most conservation districts in the state, tree sales are an important fundraiser, providing much needed financial support for the programs and services offered to local communities. While the district receives some grant funding to support some of our staff, much of our funding comes from tree sale revenue. Without the tree sale, we would be unable to support much of our staff and wouldn’t be able to offer the services we provide. Services such as no-till drill and tree planter rentals would not be possible without our tree sale.

Besides the monetary benefit to the district, the main reason we have a tree sale is to assist the community in their conservation needs. Our goal is to provide a convenient and affordable source of trees to people who wish to improve their land. Our staff is very knowledgeable about these trees and are here to help by recommending trees, whether it’s for wildlife, windbreaks or just ornamental.

The Sanilac/St. Clair Conservation District is partnering with Green Macomb to offer a Spring 2017 Tree, Shrub and Plant sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 28 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at Freedom Hill County Park. The stock has been primarily purchased through presale orders; however, remaining unsold stock will be available for purchase as supplies last.

Steven Weber is a conservation technician for the Sanilac/St. Clair Conservation District.

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