Whiteside County Soil and Water
Conservation District
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Hello, We want to mention a few things going on at Whiteside Swcd.

1). Tree order deadline is nearing, March 30th is the order deadline for RPM and seedling orders. The sooner you get your order in, the better.

2). Grass carp orders are due by April 14th and all other fish need to be ordered by April 24th. When ordering grass carp, please remember to fill out the form completely, including county, water name, township, section, range and acres of the water body.

3). Native plant sale is underway again this spring. The order deadline for that is March 31, 2017. 

4). If you are enrolled, enrolling or re-enrolling in a CRP program and need to order seed for your plans, let us know we would be happy to help.

5). We are in search of prairie seed pickers for this fall, starting around August - depending on the weather. This is something that is done at your own peril, there are outdoor dangers such as insects, weeds, etc. You will be paid for work according to how many buckets and/or pounds you pick of certain species. It is not an hourly wage, you are subcontracted through us, not an actual SWCD employee. The good part is, you get to work at your own pace through out the harvest season. Anyone 16-18 years of age that are interested, will need to be accompanied by an adult. Call the office and we will put your name on a list and speak to you in more detail. 815-772-2124 ext 3
Thank you.

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See the sales page for order forms. Also check out the newsletter by going to the newsletter tab and clicking the link. Thank you!!
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Cover Crops:

We are happy to inform you cost share is now available, on a limited basis, for structural practices such as waterways, structures and cover crops. You can do 40 acres that have never had cover crops on them and you have to have a seeding plan developed by our office. We can't cost share any work that has already been done prior to the approval of the SWCD Board. For more information, call at 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you.

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Wood Duck Houses:

Locally built, functional rustic wood duck houses, $60 each. The boxes measure 24" X 9" X 9" and the side opens for easier cleaning. You will need to supply the pole, clamps and wood shavings. Put no more than 3" of wood shavings on the bottom. The rougher the wood, the more use it will get. Let us know if you are interested in purchasing one by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you.

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New Item for Sale - Vinyl Tree Guards....see below for details. 
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UNCLEANED SUNFLOWER SEED FOR SALE:

We have uncleaned black oil sunflower seed for sale. No guarantees on weed content or purity of the seed but should be suitable for bird feed. There will be approximately 20 pounds for the cost of $5.00. We have bags available but you may also bring containers if you would like instead of bags. Let us know if you would like any by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3 and make up pick up arrangements.
 Thank you.
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Natural Area Guardians

If you are interested in preserving the lands natural beauty and would like to volunteer to help the with the native areas, please see the info listed in the Natural Area Guardian section of the website. To become a NAG member or if you have any questions, comments or concerns, they can be directed to our office at 815-772-2124 ext 3. 

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