Thursday, January 22, 2015

2015 Tree & Shrub Sale

New for 2015 – Apple Tree Packages!


The Cattaraugus County Soil & Water Conservation District is accepting orders for the 2015 Spring Tree & Shrub Bare Root Seedling Sale.  Several species of conifers, hardwoods, shrubs, and berries are available, as well as assortment packets for reforestation, wildlife, and erosion control.  Orders are accepted on a first come, first serve basis until March 31st, 2015.  Seedlings will be distributed in April.

This is the first year that we are offering Apple Tree Packages!  We have discovered a new nursery source in Orleans County, NY that supplies fruit tree seedlings.  The packages that we are offering are also prepackaged at the nursery, and they select quality varieties for good cross pollination and extended harvest seasons.  The wildlife package consists of trees that have some imperfections in shape or form, and may not be as suitable for orchard plantings.  However, they will produce fruit useful for many wildlife species, and for you also, as long as you aren’t concerned with the shape of the tree!  The varieties in the wildlife packages will not be identified, as they are set aside from the higher quality stock.       

To receive an order form, please contact the Conservation District office at (716) 699-2326 ext. 101, or click the link below.  Remember, trees make great gifts that last a lifetime!

Agricultural Assessment Program

Farmland Owners May Save on Property Taxes With Agricultural Assessment Program

Application Deadline is March 1, 2015 

Owners of actively farmed agricultural land may qualify for a partial reduction in property tax through the Agricultural Value Assessment program.  For eligibility requirements, contact your local assessor.  Qualified landowners in Cattaraugus County will need to have a Soil Group Worksheet listing the agricultural soils for each parcel they own completed by the Cattaraugus County Soil & Water Conservation District to submit with their application to their assessor.  There is a charge of $25 per parcel for completion of the Soil Group Worksheets.  Deadline for application is March 1, 2015.  To obtain a Soil Worksheet, contact the Conservation District with your tax parcel information at (716) 699-2326 ext. 101, or stop in the District office at the USDA Service Center at 8 Martha Street in Ellicottville.