The Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District has put the spring of 2018 tree and fish order forms online. The trees for 2018 are available to anyone who wishes to purchase them. The tree form explains what is available and how you go about ordering them. The tree descriptions is all online to help with your decision on which trees would work best.

The evergreens/pine trees are all transplants and will range in size from 36 inches to 48 inches for Norway spruce and American arborvitae, 24 inches to 36 inches for Canadian hemlock, eastern white pine, Colorado blue spruce and white spruce, 18 inches to 24 inches for balsam fir.

The deciduous/hardwood species will range in size from 18 inches to 24 inches and will include the falling trees, northern red oak, white oak, tulip poplar, Japanese lilac tree, also available is butterfly bush and winterberry at heights of 24 inches to 36 inches.

The tree order forms were mailed on Jan. 8 to anyone who has ordered trees in the past but, if you need an order form, go online or call the office and one will be sent.

The fish stocking order form has blue gill 2 to 4 inches, channel catfish 4 to 5 inches, perch 2 to 4 inches, white amir 8 to 13 inches, largemouth bass 2 to 3 inches, black crappie 2 to 4 inches, redear shellcracker 2 to 4 inches, hybrid bluegill 2 to 4 inches, fathead minnows 1 to 2 inches and multi-colored koi 6 to 8 inches.

The fish order forms should be mailed by Feb. 1 to anyone who has ordered fish in the past. You can go to the Ashland SWCD website and print your own form but, if you need one sent to you, just call the office.

Anyone from anywhere can purchase trees and fish from the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District by either printing the form from the website www.ashlandswcd.com or calling the office Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (419-281-7645). If you call during a time that no one is in the office or unavailable, just leave a voice message with and address and you will be mailed a form. If you want to talk to someone also leave voice message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

If you have ordered in past years, you should receive an order form through the mail sometime in January of 2018 but you can go online and print one out and send it in at any time — the sooner the better so you’re sure to get the trees you want. Deadline for ordering trees is March 27 and for spring fish sale it is April 10. If you have questions about anything in this article, please call our office and we will be glad to help.

Also, if you’re thinking of installing a dry hydrant in an existing or proposed new pond, it would be a good idea to talk to your local fire department to get the correct information on the installation making sure it meets the minimum requirements of insurance companies. This information is also available in your local Soil and Water Conservation District.

Bob Kerr is a technician with the Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District.