The Federal Government seedling program through “PFRA” ended in the spring of 2013. The M.D. of Smoky River, realizing the environmental importance of continuing to have trees planted devised our own program with the cooperation of Woodmere Nurseries in Fairview. The program is cost-recovery, Woodmere grows seedlings and makes them available through the M.D. to our ratepayers, as well as residents of the Towns and Villages within the M.D. The M.D. program started in 2014 with white spruce and lodgepole pine. Over the years it has grown to include a number of other coniferous and deciduous species, with slight changes each year depending on what Woodmere can establish on our behalf.
The order form for seedlings is available below or on the home page. To order, complete the form and bring it to the M.D. office. Seedlings are not considered ordered until payment has been received. We have limited numbers of many of the species and began taking orders in July 2017 for May 2018 delivery, so order early for best selection. Five species at the bottom of the order form are “interest only”, Woodmere is attempting to establish these seedlings, if they are successful we will contact clients who expressed interest to complete the purchase
The M.D. has available a mulch applicator and seedling plant (see the rental equipment tab for rates). Both work extremely well when planting seedlings in rows, the soil should be loose (tilled) so fall preparation is best. Contact the M.D. if you are interested in purchasing plastic mulch, it is possible with inter-municipal co-operation that it can be made available.
Contact the Agricultural Fieldman if you have any questions on the program, or seedling species which we are making available at 780-837-2221 ext: 115.