March 15, 2007
STATE LAUNCHES NEW EFFORT TO PROMOTE PLANTING OF WINDBREAKS
TO REDUCE EROSION, SAVE HEATING COSTS
Incentive program discounts arborvitae seedlings, includes planting guide
COLUMBUS, OH - In an effort to promote the planting of more windbreaks, especially in areas of northwest Ohio known for flat lands and windy days, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry is offering a special incentive to landowners who establish windbreaks this spring.
Property owners who purchase a minimum of 300 arborvitae from ODNR will receive a copy of the Ohio Windbreak Guide, a 44-page booklet on how to establish windbreaks. The seedlings are available on a first come, first served basis only at the reduced Windbreak Program special price of 55 cents each (minimum purchase: 100).
"We are glad to offer quality arborvitae seedlings while supplies last to landowners under this program," said John Dorka, chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry. "Our Ohio Conservation Seedlings are grown specifically for planting in natural resource protection and habitat improvement projects. Planting windbreaks protects our soils, benefits wildlife, and adds beauty to our landscape."
Establishing windbreaks along property lines or around home sites can significantly reduce winter heating bills, as well as the effects of wind erosion on farm fields.
The three-year-old arborvitae seedlings offered through the special windbreak incentive program are grown at the Marietta State Nursery. ODNR grows more than 2 million seedlings for reforestation each year at the facility. In the past 80 years, more than a half billion of the nursery's trees have gone to reforest Ohio.
For a full list of available Ohio Conservation Seedlings, contact the Division of Forestry toll free at 1-877-691-8733 or online at ohiodnr.com.