DNR staff at the Webster Forest Nursery are busy tending to seedlings and working on other tasks that will help DNR and many small private land owners meet the replanting requirements of the State Forest Practices Act. Located just south of Olympia, the Webster Nursery consists of 270 acres of bareroot ground and greenhouses. Each year, the nursery produces between 8 million and 10 million seedlings of various species from seeds selected for their suitability to the soils, microclimates and other local conditions found across the state.
The greenhouse nursery is currently sowing seed to grow 3.5 million container seedlings and the bareroot nursery is lifting, packing, and shipping seedlings. The bareroot nursery currently has 5.9 million seedlings packed with 3.5 million more seedlings remaining in the fields to lift and pack. Summer and early fall tend to be the optimal times to prepare planting sites, scout for planting crews to hire, purchase seedlings and do other preparations for winter planting.
As this winter nears its end, the year’s supply of seedlings is sold out. However, next year’s seedlings will be ready for purchase during fall or early winter of the 2015/2016 season.
Sales of next year’s seedlings begin September 1, 2015. In the meantime, you can learn more by:
- Watching our video about the Webster Forest Nursery,
- Reading this brochure for tips on planting forest seedlings,
- Reviewing the How to order seedlings webpage, and
- Visiting the seedling availability web page from time to time during August to see what’s going to be for sale in September (sold in bundles of 100).
After September 1, 2015, place your order by calling 360-902-1234 or toll-free 1-877-890-2626.
Please note: Seedlings must be ordered in bundles of 100. The species and stock produced at the nursery are for large trees and not suitable for most urban sites. When ordering seedlings, it is important to know which species and stock type to plant and we recommend that you seek out a qualified forester to get specific recommendations for your planting site.
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