Conservation district gives away tree seedlings

Published 10:42 am Monday, March 26, 2018

About 900 trees were waiting for their new home in the ground on Friday.

The Clark County Conservation District was hosting a tree seedling giveaway outside of its office on Tech Drive. The seedlings included black walnut, northern red oak, hazelnut, yellow poplar and white pine. All seedlings were free on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limit of 15 seedlings per person total.

Patrons were encouraged to bring wet newspaper or cloth and a plastic bag to transport and ensure seeds stay moist.

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District Manager Angie Embry said there would likely be some left over, so people are welcome to call and ask if there are any left to be picked up if people did not make it out to the giveaway Friday.

Students with George Rogers Clark High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) club assisted with the giveaway. Embry said the conservation district does the giveaway each year, and the giveaway is just one way they try to spread the message of the importance of conservation.

Embry said this time of year is opportune to time plant trees, and encouraged those who picked up seedlings to do it right.

“It’s important to keep (the seedlings) moist, and plant them as soon as you can,” Embry said.

About Lashana Harney

Lashana Harney is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. Her beats include schools and education, business and commerce, Winchester Municipal Utilities and other news. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0015.

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