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Tree Pick Up Dates Set

Important Information Regarding Tree Pick Up:

Due to current health concerns, we are taking a few steps to decrease the spread of COVID-19 at our annual tree pick up:

· All orders MUST be paid in full before pick up. If you are unsure whether you have paid in full already, please call 218-346-9105

· Our pick up day itself will be run differently, with no need to get out of your car. Please follow directions to the East Otter Tail County Fairgrounds and use the main entrance (455 4th St SE, Perham, MN 56573). We will post signs showing the way from there

· We are not selling trees the day of the event. Call our office to find out what we have left and to place an order. 

If you are unable to pick up your trees on these dates, please call us make alternate arrangements.

 Thank you for your understanding! If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at 218-346-9105.

*We are not responsible for trees not picked up on scheduled pick up days*


Directions 2020

We will be running tree pick up a little differently this year, with no need to get out of your vehicle! Follow directions to the main entrance of the East Otter Tail County Fairgrounds (455 4th St SE, Perham, MN 56573) and follow the signage from there to get to the EOT SWCD tree barn. We’ll take your name and bring your order out to our car, and you can exit straight onto Hwy 78. Thank you!


Planning and Design

Planning and Design

The East Otter Tail SWCD also offers free planning and design services.

We can help design any of the following practices:

  • Wildlife habitat plantings
  • Shelterbelts for building protection and energy efficiency
  • Field windbreaks to prevent soil erosion
  • Riparian buffers for water quality
  • Living snow fences for safer roads and driveways

Our technicians will complete a site visit and design a plan, at no charge to you. This plan includes the recommended types and numbers of tree and shrub species, a planting spacing and map, and cost estimates.

Tree Planting

Tree Planting

The SWCD offers a tree planting service. If you would like to have the Soil & Water plant your trees, please contact us as early as possible. 

The SWCD also has a tree planter available for rent. Please see our Equipment Rental page for more information.

Remember: It is legally required that you have your utilities located before digging. This is a free service to help prevent disruptions to utilities. Call 651-454-0002 or visit Gopher State One Call.

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Weed Matting

Weed Matting

The Soil & Water Conservation District also offers a weed matting service. Weed matting helps newly planted trees get a better start because they are not competing with weeds right away.

The SWCD will calculate the needed materials, order them, and install them to specifications.