The Duncan Banner

March 9, 2014

Forestry service selling seedlings to public

Tyler Boydston
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — The Oklahoma Forestry Service will offer the gift of seedlings to the public.

The service, which sells seedlings on its website throughout the year, will come to Duncan to sell seedlings and give Duncan residents a chance to speak to their forester, Kevin Keys, in person during the sale on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Stephens County Conservation District Office at 3901 W. Beech Ave.

Keys said the seedlings can be bought for 88 cents or less at the sale.

The sale goes throughout Oklahoma during March each year, with the sale beginning Tuesday in Medicine Park and lasting for three weeks.

“We haul seedlings from town to town with seeds grown from our nursery,” Keys said.

Keys said the truck sale has been a staple of the Oklahoma Forestry Service for the past 25 years, with seedlings sold by the organization for over 75 years.

The state nursery, which provides the seedlings for the sale, is located in Goldsby, and oversees the production of all seedlings and plants the forestry service sells.

Nursery Manager Scott Huff, who oversees production of all things in the nursery, said the seedlings —all of which are grown at the nursery— sold to the public are often one- or two-years old.

Huff said the seedlings sold online and through the truck sales are not to be resold.

“You just need to plant them for conservation uses,” Huff said.

Seedlings on the organization’s website range from $40 for 50 seedlings of the Evergreen Bare-root seedlings to $100 for 25 containers of the hardwood seedlings. The website also has a detailed list of species descriptions.

Those wanting to buy from the Oklahoma Forestry Service can buy online at its website www.forestry.ok.gov or by calling the state nursery at (405) 288-2385.