Conservation Tree Planting


Nebraska has a proud history of tree planting. This is the state where J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day in 1872. Windbreaks provide numerous benefits to land, crops, livestock and people: They prevent soil erosion by slowing down the wind.They shelter people and livestock from summer heat and winter cold. They protect livestock from dangerously cold wind chill readings. They can reduce home heating and cooling costs by one-third or more. They prevent crop damage from the wind by slowing evaporation. They provide habitat for wildlife, including insect-eating birds.  

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North Platte NRD Conservation Tree Sales

The North Platte NRD sells trees for conservation purposes, such as erosion control, windbreak and wildlife habitat. These two-year-old seedlings, including evergreens, broadleaf trees, and shrubs, are available in the bare-root option at a cost of $1.00 per tree and plugs are $2.00 per tree.  All species are available in multiples of 10. *Price subject to change without notice. Descriptions and photos of these species can be seen at Conservation Trees for Nebraska.

Ordering Process

Customers may begin ordering trees and planning windbreaks each fall. The trees arrive in early spring. They are stored in coolers at the NRD until planting or customer pick-up.

Types of Trees

Evergreen Shrubs Broadleaf Potted Stock
Multiples of 10
at $1/Per Tree
Multiples of 10
at $1/Per Tree
Multiples of 10
at $1/Per Tree
Multiples of 10
at $2/Per Tree
Red Ceder Caragana Green Ash Austrian
Rocky Mountain Juniper   Cotoneaster Bur Oak Rocky Mountain Juniper  
Austrian Pine Chokecherry Hybrid Cottonwood   Multiples of 50
Colorado Blue Spruce Lilac Native Cottonwood Colorado Blue Spruce
Ponderosa Pine Plum (Native) Hackberry Ponderosa Pine
  Sumac Honeylocust Red Cedar
  Buffaloberry Black Walnut  Black Hills Spruce
  Sand Cherry Siberian Elm  
  Golden Currant      American Elm  
  Service Berry Boxelder  
  Black Chokeberry Northern Catalpa   
  Nanking Cherry American Linden   
  Woods Rose Prairie Sky Poplar  

Other Tree Services

The North Platte NRD offers services to customers within the NRD to help establish windbreaks. We will sell to anyone regardless of location but the Cost Share is only available on those trees planted within the district. If your land lies outside the NPNRD, contact your local NRD for trees.

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Tree Planting

The District will plant trees for customers at a cost of $1.00 cents per tree. Many customers choose this option; others plant the trees themselves. For more information on our tree planting services contact the North Platte NRD at (308) 632-2749 or email . The District also offers chemical weed control of windbreak sites, which improves the survival rate for young trees.

Cost-Share Programs

Cost-share programs are available to reimburse landowners for up to 50 percent of the costs of installing windbreaks. For more information about the cost-share program inquire at the NPNRD at (308) 632-2749 or email .

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Tree Pruning & Care Tips

Early spring is the optimum time to prune trees. Just five minutes of smart pruning per tree each spring is enough to keep your trees in top shape and health. Don’t take more than 25% of the total foliage or “food factory” at any one time; prune only branches 2-inches in diameter or less; and after pruning, don’t use any paint, sealant or “wound dressing. ”

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Tree Care

Caring for trees after planting is just as important as planting trees. For the best chance of survival, young trees need proper care. Learn how to water them, protect them from weeds and prevent problems such as disease and wildlife damage.

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