The Chippewa Rod & Gun Club has again teamed up with Paint Creek Nursery and Gordy’s Grocery Store to offer seedling trees and shrubs to the public.

Because the club is not a government entity, the trees are offered without restrictions. The club supports and encourages conservation planting, but anyone is welcome to order.

Prices are competitive with those of state and county conservation programs and do not have a minimum order quantity.

This year the club is offering many species of seedling evergreens, shrubs, deciduous, fruit and nut trees.

For landscaping, it’s recommended to plant twice as many as wanted and thin them out a couple years later, because it’s possible not all will survive. Planting instructions will be provided when the trees are picked up.

The club is also offering duck, bird and bat houses built by club members, which will be available in time to attract wildlife for the spring nesting season.

Order forms will be available during March at Chippewa Hardware (next to Gordy’s Market downtown Chippewa Falls) and Wissota Hardware (small Lake Wissota), D J’s Mart (two Chippewa Falls locations and one in Cadott), Kwik Trip in Bloomer, Chippewa Family Restaurant and online at rodngun.org/trees.htm.

Orders must be received by April 1. Trees can be picked up at Gordy’s downtown Chippewa Falls store from 9 a.m.-noon on Sunday. April 23

For more information, call 715-723-0182.

In the spring of 1996 the Chippewa Rod & Gun Club first offered seedling trees for sale to the public. The club started the project with the hope that shoreline landowners would help to diversify the species of trees and shrubs along the banks of Lake Wissota and the rivers of the county.

The club distributes 20,000 seedling trees a year and has distributed more than 227,000 since the program began. The plants are locally grown so they will survive the area’s winters.

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