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Conservation district readies fundraiser

Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District, along with other local sponsors, will give out free Superior Loblolly Pine seedlings to the public on Arbor Day, Feb. 7, at the USDA Service Center, 110 Northgate Road in Natchez.

Loblolly Pine seedlings will be given out from 7 a.m. to noon on a “first come, first served basis” for as long as they last.

Personnel from Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service and other sponsoring agencies will be visiting elementary schools during Tree Planting Week and presenting an Arbor Day program to third grade students.

The Adams County Soil & Water Conservation District Auxiliary has announced it will sell ornamental seedlings, from 7 a.m. until noon Feb. 7. The following species will be available: Red Crapemyrtle, White Fringe Tree, Maidenhair Tree, Ornamental Flowering Cherry, Shumard Oak, Persimmon and Red Mulberry. The following fruit trees will be available for sale: Methley Plum and Elberta Peach.

The seedlings are “bare root” and approximately one and one half feet in height; they will be individually labeled and wrapped as purchased.

Advance orders will be taken for seedlings until Jan. 31, and they must be paid for at the time you place your order.

The SWCD Auxiliary sale will be held in the garage at the USDA Service Center, 110 Northgate Road in Natchez.

Proceeds will be used to support school programs for Conservation Youth Camp, Safety Day, Poster Contest and other Conservation Educational Programs. For more information on Tree Planting Week, contact the Adams County Soil & Water Conservation District at 601-442-1790, ext. 3, and ask for Keri Jones or Pat Williams.

Pat Williams is district coordinator for the Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District.