The Game and Fish Department Shrub/Tree Planting Cost-Share program offers cost-share funds to landowners as an incentive for establishing wildlife shrub/tree plantings on private land.
General Program Guidelines
Below are the guidelines and specifications for the Department’s shrub/tree planting program. Deviations from these specifications and standards need further Department approval before planting occurs.
- Requires 6-10 year access to the tree planting and associated or detached legal subdivisions (80 acres or more)
- 10 row minimum (recommended minimum length of 400 feet).
- Must follow NDGFD approved tree species list.
- Must Follow NDGFD shrub/tree standards and specifications.
- Preference given to those offers in priority areas.
Landowner Payment Rates
- Cost- shares, from all sources, are not to exceed 100 percent on tree and shrub plantings.
- 50 percent cost-share on weed barrier.
- Practice incentive payment: (one time up-front) $100/planted acre.
- 6 year option only receives up to 50 percent cost-share on trees and no cost-share on weed barrier.
- There is no practice incentive payment in the 6 year option.
NDGFD Shrub/Tree Planting Standards and Specifications
Requires 6-10 year access agreement to planting and associated 80 acres preferred.
- The planting must create the following 3 to 4 zones.
- Zone 1: Wind/snow barrier
- must make up 20-25 percent of the planting area
- must be at least 75-100 feet wide
- must contain 70-80 percent conifer (or equivalent) with the remainder to include at least one type or a combination of suckering shrubs
- Zone 2: Snow trap area
- must be at least 50–100 feet wide
- could consist of herbaceous cover, snowberry, or rose
- Zone 3: Loafing and wintering thicket
- must make up 65-75 percent of the planting area
- must be located at least 50-100 feet south or east of the leeside of Zone 1 (allowing for a snow trap area)
- must contain at least 7 shrub species
- Zone 4: Backside protection optional (not required but plantings including this will receive preference).
- will make up 10 percent of the planting area
- will be at least 50 feet wide
- will contain 70-80 percent Rocky Mountain juniper (or equivalent) with the remainder to include at least one or a combination of suckering shrubs
- Zone 1: Wind/snow barrier
- All trees/shrubs species planted must come from the Department’s approved tree/shrub list or have prior approval from a Department private lands biologist
- Planting shall be ¼ mile from farmsteads or feedlots.
- No more than 30 percent of rows shall consist of tall deciduous tree species.
- At least the 3 leeward rows shall consist of suckering shrubs, juniper, or spruce.
- Spacing between rows must be 10-24 feet.
- Spacing between trees: Shrubs, maximum of 6 feet. Conifers, 10-12 feet. Deciduous trees, 10-16 feet.
- Arrangement can be in any shape necessary to conform to the topography or natural terrain. Plantings without straight edges are preferred.
- Tall trees will be avoided within 300 feet of a wetland.
- Tree plantings will not be cost-shared if located within 150 feet of native and noncropland grass blocks of 20 acres or more.
|Shrubs||Small Trees||Medium or Tall Tree||Conifers|
|Buffaloberry||Chokecherry||Ash, Green||Juniper, Rocky Mountain|
|Caragana||Crabapple||Aspen, Quaking||Pine, Ponderosa|
|Dogwood, Redoiser||Hawthorn, Arnold||Boxelder||Pine, Scotch|
|Indigo, False||Amur Maple||Hackberry||Spruce, Black Hills|
|Juneberry||Oak, Bur||Spruce, Colorado (Blue)|
|Lilac, Common||Willow, Golden||Eastern Red Cedar|
|Lilac, Late||Willow, Laura|
|Plum, American||Willow, Redstem|
|Rose, Hansen Hedge||Willow, White|
|Sumac, Fragrant||Willow, Peachleaf|