Tree Planting Program
The Tree Planting Program is one of the most visible and popular of the NRD's programs. Since the program began in 1973, more than 800,000 trees and shrubs have been planted in the district. Those trees have helped replace trees lost to farming and urban development and helped protect our precious topsoil from wind and water erosion.
The LPNNRD sells trees to anyone within the district. Trees may be purchased as handplants (planted by the purchaser) or machine plants (planted by the NRD). Seedlings are two years old and approximately 12" to 18" tall. Trees and shrubs purchased through LPNNRD may not be re-sold with the roots still attached.
Handplant trees are mainly purchased for small windbreaks and ornamental purposes. The NRD does not assist cooperators with planting these trees. They are made available for pickup at the NRD office in Wahoo or the nearest Natural Resources Conservation Service office. Planting tips are available here.
A two-man tree planter is available for rent to plant handplant trees. Rental cost is $10 for the first day and $50 for each additional day. Contact Bob Heimann to make a reservation.
The machine planting service is used for plantings of 150 or more trees and/or shrubs. The district's tree planting crew is capable of planting up to 1,000 seedlings a day. We cannot plant trees outside our district boundary; for areas outside our boundary, you would need to contact the NRD where the land is located.
The NRD purchases the majority of its stock from Bessey Nursery in Halsey, Nebraska. Species availability may vary from year to year. See the available tree species here.
Handplants: 82¢ per tree or shrub
All handplant orders must be in multiples of 25 trees or shrubs per species. Payment must accompany order.
Small Acreage Package: $52
With this convenient package, you get 10 each of some of the most popular species for eastern Nebraska, including SW White Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Swamp White Oak, Dogwood, and Cotoneaster. This is a great option if you are looking for smaller quantities of these trees.
Wildlife Package: $52
With this convenient package, you get 10 each of American Plum, Dogwood, Woods Rose, Gambel Oak, and Sand Cherry.
Machine Plants: $1.45 per tree or shrub
Machine planting requests must contain a minimum of 150 trees and/or shrubs. A down payment of one-half the total or $100 (which ever is less) is required after the design is developed. The remaining balance will be determined after the trees are planted. Payment is due within 30 days after planting.
Trees can be ordered from the NRD beginning October 1 for delivery or planting the following spring. Many species often sell out, so orders should be placed early to ensure receiving the quantity and variety you desire.
Ordering Handplant Trees:
To order handplant trees, you can:
- Due to limited availability of certain species, please contact the NRD office at (402) 443-4675 for ordering information
- request an order form from NRD Forestry Manager Bob Heimann; or
- request an order form from your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.
Handplant orders can be picked up at the NRD office in Wahoo or your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.
Ordering Machine Plant Trees:
To apply for machine planting services, contact Bob Heimann or your county Natural Resources Conservation Service office. The NRD and NRCS will help you develop a tree planting plan free of charge. This includes determining how many trees or shrubs you will need, the best location for your planting and the species that fit your specific needs.
When NRD stock is planted by the district, cost-share is available for riparian buffer areas; field, livestock, and farmstead windbreaks containing 200 or more trees; and wildlife habitat plantings of 300 or more trees. Cost-share assistance is also available for tree planting on CRP ground. Contact Bob Heimann for details.