Tree Planting and Planning

Tree Planting Service

The Morton County Soil Conservation District provides a tree planting service to Morton County landowners. Operators and the required planting equipment are provided in this service. The landowner is responsible for having the planting site prepared before trees can be planted. Herbicide application and tillage are the two most common site preparation practices.


Tree Planting– $0.65 per linear foot (1,000 ft minimum)


Technical Assistance

The Morton County SCD also offers technical assistance for tree planting and planning to private and public landowners.  Technical assistance is available in all cases where the District plants trees for a landowner or a landowner purchases handplants from the District and plants the trees on their own.

Technical assistance may consist of:

  • Checking soils to determine suitability of tree species for a specific site
  • Determining how many rows to plant and what the spacing between rows should be
  • Identifying proper setback distances
  • Staking a site for ground preparation
  • Flagging rows for planting

Our Mission 

“To help the residents of Morton County protect its natural resources through education, financial and technical assistance.”



Supervisors & Staff:


Morton County Soil Conservation District Supervisors

Aaron Steckler – board chair person
George Ferderer – vice chair person
Richard Tokach – supervisor
Rocky Bateman – supervisor
Steve Tomac – supervisor

Thomas Osterbauer –advisory board member

Kent Belland – advisory board member



Morton County Soil Conservation District Employees

Phone:  701.667.1163   ext. 3

Malissa McKee, District Clerk

Chance Porsborg, 319 Watershed Coordinator 

Ethan Gress, District Technician 


Natural Resources Conservation Service Employees

Phone:  701.667.1163   ext. 3

Landon Weiser, District Conservationist

Danelle Dahlke, Conservation Delivery Unit Supervisor 

Bryce Anderson, Conservation Delivery Unit Agronomist

Paula Kvernum, Civil Engineering Technician

Sharon Potts-Sayler, Soil Conservationist Technician

Jacob Dummer, Conservation Delivery Unit Rangeland Management Specialist

Steve Stensgard, Biologist

Wendy Thomson, Agricultural Engineer

Ryan Foster, Resource Conservationist


Farm Bill Specialist – open position

Office: 701.667.1163 ext. 3


Observed Holidays, office closure

New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr Day
Presidents Day/Washington’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Juneteenth, June 19
Independance Day, July 4th 
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Christmas Day


The Morton County Soil Conservation District does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

This policy covers all programs, services, and procedures of the District, including employment.