Tree/Wildlife Habitat Program

Tree Planting Tips

Please call the office for availability of tree species

Whether you are planting a tree in your yard or an entire tree belt in a field, there are a few tree planting tips that you can follow to ensure that your trees have a good start. Our tree species vary year-to-year, and are only available to order from October to May — setting you up for a great spring.

The only type of trees that are available to purchase through the Upper Niobrara White NRD are conservation-grade seedlings. These trees are 2 to 3 years of age from seed and are usually no more than 2 feet tall. A variety of evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs are available in the spring – both potted and bare root. If you will be planting larger trees and shrubs, you should contact your local nursery for more information.

Potted versus bare root trees are shown here:

The best time to plant your trees is in the early spring or fall – they need time to acclimate to their surroundings before intense heat or cold sets in. UNWNRD trees are only available in the spring.

If you or your family has recently had a new addition born in the Upper Niobrara White NRD (Dawes, Box Butte, Sheridan or Northern Sioux counties), we would be happy to donate a tree seedling or shrub for you to plant in their honor. Please call 308.432.6190 for best selection or click on the link below to fill the quick application and mail to our office.

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Cost Share for Producers

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Equipment and Services We Offer

Fabric Machine

Fabric Machine video

Tree Planting Machine

Tree machine video

Weed Barriers

The NRD offers rolls of weed barrier in either 300 foot or 500 foot.  NRD staff may also cut a specific length of fabric in linear feet.

UNWNRD offers 4X4 foot squares of fabric as a better option for individual tree plantings.

Wildlife Protection Tubes

More information coming soon!

Why Plant Trees?

  • Soil erosion prevention
  • Flood control
  • Wildlife habitat
  • Shade
  • Shelter from the wind for wildlife, livestock and humans
  • Trees can be a “Living Snow Fence” along roads or around buildings
  • Aesthetic value
  • Privacy
  • Noise filtration
  • Trees produce oxygen
  • Trees filter carbon dioxide and pollutants out of the air
  • Trees provide us with thousands of essential products including medicines, food, paper, etc.

Buy Trees

(308) 432-6190

(308) 432-6187

Mailing Address:
430 East Second Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337

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