The Anoka Conservation District offers trees for three primary reasons:
- Soil and energy conservation planting
- Wildlife habitat plantings
- Native ecosystem restoration
The ACD promotes the restoration of native ecosystems by offering more native species and categorizing them based upon their ecosystems. Why does this make sense? Native plants are best suited to Anoka County's conditions. They can survive the soils, moisture and climate without needing additional care. They naturally grow well together and compliment each other's characteristics. They are capable of forming the most complex and resilient ecosystems possible in this area, thereby providing the most benefit to local wildlife. Plus, most of our natural communities have been reduced to a few acres by agriculture and development and are in need of restoration. A tree and shrub matrix showing which trees and shrubs are found in various ecosystems may be useful when making your selection.
The natural ecosystems found in Anoka County include twenty different types of dry, mesic and wet prairies, shrublands, woodlands, and forests. Complete descriptions of these can be found in "Minnesota's St. Croix River Valley and Anoka Sandplain, A Guide to Native Habitats," MN DNR, 1995. Of these twenty natural community types we are able to offer trees, shrubs and seed that fit into fifteen.
Trees and shrubs can be ordered three ways: (1) Call ACD at 763-434-2030 and have a form mailed to you, (2) go to our website to print a form and send it in with payment,(3) use the online payment and ordering option.
- Trees will be available for pick up on the last Saturday in April from 9am to 11am in the red brick building with large white doors at the Anoka County Fairgrounds.
- The Anoka County Fairgrounds are located at 3203 St Francis Blvd.
Located 1 mile north of US Highway 10 on County Road 47 (Ferry St.) in Anoka. As in the past, any trees that have not been pre-sold will be available at our open sale.
- Tree orders will be accepted until the 2nd Thursday in April, or until inventory is exhausted. If ordering after February, please check the order form or call for availability.
- A $5 late charge will be added to orders picked up after the scheduled date and time. To prevent ordering stock that will not be sold no cancellations will be accepted after March 1.
- Payment must be included with your order. Please make checks payable to the Anoka Conservation District or ACD.
- Trees come in bundles of 25 and 10 bare-root seedlings or transplants.
- Bundles of 25 are priced at $30 and bundles of 10 are $17
- Transplants are seedlings that have been lifted from one nursery bed and transplanted to another. They have a more fibrous root system and larger stem diameter, giving them an advantage over seedlings, especially in marginal sites.