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Spring 2024 Important Updates

3 Important Updates

  • Spring Tree & Perennial Sales
  • Spring Seed Sales
  • April Snow Report

Spring Tree & Perennial Sale

Our Spring Tree Seedling Sale will be coming to a close at the end of April.  Order soon to receive your seedlings at the end of May.

We still have LOTS of:

Five tree seedlings labeled Engelmann Spruce, Ponderosa Pine, Douglas Fir, Lodgepole Pine, Blue Spruce, displayed against a wall with a hand for scale.
  • Aspen
  • Blue Spruce
  • Engelmann Spruce
  • Doug Fir
  • Lodgepole
  • Ponderosa
  • Limber Pine
  • Rocky Mountain Penstemon
  • Columbine
  • Black-eyed Susans

Sold in lots of 15 for $56 or 30 for $112.

View our Tree/Perennial Order Form

Spring Seed Sales

Our spring shipment of seed has arrived. If you are interested in putting some seed down this spring, check out the order form below. As soon as you have bare ground, you can seed. It is okay if it snows on top of the seed, but it is best not to seed on top of more than 6" of snow.

MPCD carries several standard mixes, but we can also custom order any mix you would like.

Standard Mixes

May contain: food, spice, and cumin
  • Mountain Wildflower Mix
  • New Short Mix (low growing natural looking mix)
  • Dura Turf (typical lawn mix)
  • Forest Mix
  • Dryland Reclamation Mix
  • Dryland Pasture Mix
  • Irrigated Meadow Mix
  • Ladak Alfalfa
  • Purple Top Turnips
  • Clover Mix
  • Wildlife Mix

View our Seed Order Form

April Snow Report

Snowpack -  Slightly above normal!

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Kremmling Field Office snow surveyors Kara Vigneau and Emma Geverd took the April 1 snow survey measurements during the last days of March.

Snowpack for Middle Park and the upper Colorado River Basin stands at 107% of median.  We were only 58% back in the drought year of 2012.

Snow density is averaging 32%, which means that for every foot of snow there are 3.8 inches of water and that’s about normal for April 1st.  From this point on, spring runoff will be highly dependent on melting conditions (i.e., temperature and wind), as well as additional spring snow accumulation and/or rainfall. Irrigators, water users and river runners can anticipate near average stream and river flows for the upcoming summer.

Reported median readings for the major river basins in Colorado are near normal as well:  Colorado River Basin 106%; Gunnison River Basin, 105%; South Platte River Basin, 110%; Yampa and White River Basins, 100%; Arkansas River Basin, 118%; Upper Rio Grande Basin, 111%; San Miguel, Dolores, Animas, and San Juan River Basins 105%; and Laramie and North Platte River Basins, 103%.

Most of the snow courses around Middle Park have been read since the 1940s.  Snow course readings are taken at the end of each month, beginning in January and continuing through April.  March is historically the snowiest month, and the April 1 readings are the most critical for predicting runoff and summer water supplies, as most of our high country snowpack peaks around that time.  Manual snow courses will be read for the final time this year at the end of April.

For further information, including real-time snow and precipitation data for SNOTEL (automated Snow Telemetry) sites, visit: Colorado Snow Survey Products.

Read full 4/1/2024 snow report here!


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