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Spruces, bluegills and native plants, oh my!

Bureau County SWCD spring tree, fish and plant sale announced

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is holding its annual spring tree, fish and plant sale.


A wide variety of bareroot conifers, hardwoods and shrubs are available. The conifers (Black Hill Spruce, Norway Spruce, Canaan Fir and Eastern White Pine) are sold in bundles of 10 for $35. All deciduous trees and shrubs are $4 each. Oaks, Red Maple, Black Walnut, Shagbark Hickory, American Hazelnut, and Redbud are some of the species they have available.

The deadline for tree orders is Friday, April 10. Pickup will be Friday, April 17, at Warnecke Woods Natural Area in Princeton (County Road 1835 North, off the Red Covered Bridge road) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Fish species available include bluegill, black crappie, channel and albino catfish, fathead minnows, largemouth bass, hybrid sunfish, redear and triploid grass carp. Most species are available in a variety of sizes.

The deadline for ordering carp is Monday, April 6, and all other fish orders are due by Thursday, April 16. Pickup will be Thursday, April 23, beginning at 10 a.m. at the USDA Service Center, 312 E. Backbone Road, Princeton.


Native plants will also be available for purchase. They have 26 flowering species and five grass species available. Plants are $3 each. Most of the plants are great for pollinators, and many varieties are deer resistant.

Pre-orders are due by Friday, May 1. Pickup and day-of orders will be on May 7 and 8, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the USDA Service Center, 312 E. Backbone Road in Princeton.

Forms are available at the SWCD office, online at or can be mailed by request. For questions, contact the SWCD at 815-875-8732, ext. 3, or by email at

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