Conservation Tree Planting Program


Landowners wanting low-cost tree and shrub seedlings for conservation plantings are encouraged to take advantage of the conservation tree planting program offered by the Kansas Forest Service. Conservation plant specialist Aaron Yoder says the program provides inexpensive plant material designed specifically for conservation purposes.

All items are sold in units. Each single species unit consists of 25 plants. The Kansas Forest Service also offers four special bundles: a songbird bundle, quail bundle, pheasant bundle and wildlife mast bundle. Yoder says they’re also looking at developing a pollinator bundle.

If a landowner isn’t sure which type of conservation planting is best-suited for their land, Yoder says the Kansas Forest Service can assist in developing a conservation plan.

Conservation tree planting orders are accepted through May 1st. However, Yoder suggests ordering early to increase the chances of receiving all the items you want.

Orders, which will begin shipping in mid-March, are only for conservation purposes. They may not be used for landscape plantings or grown for resale. More information and order forms can be found online at: Order forms are also available from local K-State Research and Extension offices.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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