Submitted by Mike Soergel, DNR wildlife management

BALDWIN, WI -- Property owners interested in making their land wildlife-friendly are invited to attend the annual "Habitat Handout Day" and receive free spruce trees, shrubs and seed for wildlife food plots.

Distribution will begin Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 12 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources shop building, 890 Spruce St., Baldwin. Plants and seed will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested landowners are asked to bring their own buckets for seedling plants and seed.

Each landowner will be limited to seed for one or two acres (about 25 pounds) and up to100 wildlife shrubs and trees. Recipients will be asked to sign an agreement that the materials will be used for wildlife habitat and not for residential or commercial purposes.

Private land owners are key partners with the department and conservation groups in the effort to conserve and enhance wildlife populations. Local conservation groups and DNR staff recognize that important partnership.

The wildlife shrubs, spruce trees and the wildlife food plot seed were donated by the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Indianhead Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Star Prairie Fish and Game and sponsored by DNR.