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North Platte NRD taking conservation tree orders for 2014

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Living in Nebraska we know how powerful the wind can be at times.

To help with the effects of wind erosion, members of the North Platte Natural Resources District in Scottsbluff are taking orders for conservation trees.

Conservation trees are considered a long-time benefit for producers.

They can provide shelter for livestock, help reduce energy costs for homes and help protect wildlife.

This winter, producers can order from 30 different kinds of trees in groups of ten. Bare root trees costs about one dollar and potted trees cost two-dollars.

Resource Specialist Roy Lyles has planted more than four million trees with North Platte's NRD during his 20-plus years there. He says producers are generally pleased with their orders.

"We had an episode here in October with a lot of snow and blowing wind and I talked with a producer up in Sioux County the other day that we had worked with 20 years ago. He thanked me for coming up and planting these livestock wind breaks because he saved his cattle that way other than getting them buried in the snow." Said Lyles.

Trees are expected to arrive from the Nebraska National Forest Bessey Nursery in Halsey by late March.

Producers can pick them up at the NRD office in Scottsbluff or the NRCS in Bridgeport and Oshkosh.

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