Middle Niobrara
                    Natural Resources District

Tree Resources


2,522,816 trees sold since 1980


60,971 trees sold in 2016


13,598 trees were planted by machine, and 44,039 trees were planted by hand in 2016. 


Trees are planted throughout the district for livestock and farmstead protection from the sun and wind, to reduce soil erosion and atmospheric carbon dioxide, to enhance wildlife habitat, add aesthetic value and to act as a "living snow fence".  

Ordering Trees                     

Customer tree orders are due each fall.

Orders arrive to the MNNRD each Spring

For a list of species available for order, or an order form please visit the Tree Related Forms Page.

Contact the office as early as possible for special orders.

Hand plant orders are packaged into a tight bundle, surrounded by moist shredded paper, and stored in the MNNRD tree cooler.

The MNNRD will call when the order is packaged and ready.  

A pick-up day is also scheduled in Ainsworth for convince.

Machine Planting

The MNNRD is capable of machine planting trees, and mechanically laying fabric a weed barrier.  

If you are interested in utilizing the MNNRD tree planting service, please contact Zac Peterson

4023763241 or zpeterson@qwestoffice.net 

Site Preparation

Sites for machine planting must be prepared in advance.  Depending upon soil conditions, tilling or mowing fall may be required.  The MNNRD offers custom roto tilling and mowing at the rate of $50/hr.

Weed Barrier Fabric
By the MNNRD:


The MNNRD can install weed barrier fabric on machine planted windbreaks.  The fabric in a durable polypropylene geotextile woven fabric with a burlap like texture.  The fabric is water permeable and conserves soil moisture.  Fabric curbs weed growth, reducing competition for the tree seedlings.  Some post-installation maintenance is necessary.  Installation is $0.60/ft + tax. 

Hand Planting

By the MNNRD:


The MNNRD provides a hand planting service to meet replanting needs within shelter belts, as well as areas machine planting equipment cannot go.

The cost is $2.00/tree.  

Please contact the office for ordering and scheduling.


Customer Handplanting:


Trees are available for sale to be planted by the landowner.  Cost is $1.00 per tree.  See the order form for more details. - Tree Related Forms Page

Drip Irrigation
By the MNNRD:

The MNNRD can install drip irrigation on windbreaks.  

Cost is $25/hr/person and the cost of supplies + tax.  Please contact the MNNRD office for ordering and scheduling.


Customer Installation:

All components for drip irrigation is available for purchase at the MNNRD office.  Please contact the office for assistance.

Planting Tips:


Trees should be planted as soon as possible. Trees may be stored in a cool place (35-40 F) if planting is not feasible, or trees may be planted in a trench then later moved to desired location.  Make sure tree roots are not bunched, that the soil is packed firmly to avoid air pockets, and to keep the soil moist.  

Do not expose bare roots to be exposed to wind or direct sun.  Dig a hole that allows roots to vertically extend their full length while keeping the root collar at soil surface level.  Back-fill dirt into the hole and pack firmly to avoid air pockets.  Water thoroughly and mulch.