Plant a tree

Conservation district tree sale deadline fast approaching

Evergreen plugs seedlings await transportation. The deadline for orders from the Marquette County Conservation District’s annual tree sale is Monday. Tree catalogs can be found at the MCCD, located at 80 Commerce Drive in Marquette Township, or by visiting its website to find a downloadable tree catalog at www.marquettecd.com/tree-sale. (Photo courtesy of the Marquette County Conservation District)

MARQUETTE– Coniferous, deciduous and fruit trees as well as shrubs, berries and garden vegetables such as asparagus, horseradish and rhubarb are offered through the Marquette County Conservation District’s annual spring tree sale fundraiser.

Those who wish to participate have until Monday to place their orders, although Jaimi Cawley, district manager of the conservation district, said she will take orders all week if people miss out on the Monday deadline.

“It’s our only kind of income that we don’t have to write for, basically,” Cawley said.

After government funding was cut to the MCCD over a decade ago, the group began operating from grants and fundraising efforts. The sale helps fund the MCCD, which is involved in conservation efforts in the Upper Peninsula ranging from local forestry to invasive species management.

“By buying trees, you are helping conserve your land,” she said. “You’re adding habitats and food for the wildlife. A lot of these are climate-resistant too. I just think it’s important. It’s a way for you to do your small part and help with the conservation of the U.P. and help fund your local conservation district.”

At right, apples are pictured hanging from an tree. (Photo courtesy of the Marquette County Conservation District)

The catalog also offers consumers the opportunity to buy planting accessories such as tree protectors, wildlife houses and feeders. Pick-up will be from 5 to 7 p.m. May 10 and 10 a.m. to noon May 11 at the Marquette Board of Light and Power.

A native wildflower and grasses sale will start at the end of this month. Gardeners will have until mid-May to submit their orders.The MCCD will send out postcards through its mailing list, although it will have information available online.

Tree catalogs can be found at the MCCD office, located at 80 Commerce Drive in Marquette Township.

They also may visit its website to find a downloadable version at www.marquettecd.com/tree-sale.

For more information, call 906-226-8871.