FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 11, 2020
NH State Forest Nursery announces record year for seedling sales
The New Hampshire State Forest Nursery has released sales figures for its 2020 spring season.
This year’s sales totaled $193,039, a 15 percent increase from 2019, which was also a record sales year. Fifteen hundred and seven orders, totaling 210,165 seedlings, were delivered to customers.
Local orders dominated: 96 percent came from customers in New England and two-thirds of those were from New Hampshire. One order was placed by a customer in Washington state.
Sixty-eight percent of orders in 2020 were for $100 or less, an indication that most customers use seedlings for small projects.
Established in 1910, the State Forest Nursery grows three million seedlings on 16 acres of irrigated, outdoor seedbeds; it also has 20 acres dedicated to seed orchards and testing areas. The Nursery is located within the 880 acre state forest in Boscawen.
Each year, the State Forest Nursery offers more than 50 bare-root seedling species and specialty packages for sale to the public. All seedlings are grown on site from seed and are not imported or transplanted from other sources, ensuring that they are well adapted to the New Hampshire climate.
Conifer, hardwood and native conservation seedlings are available, ranging from varieties as well-known as balsam fir, red maple and paper birch to the more specialized highbush cranberry, northern white cedar (arborvitae) and European mountain ash.
Seedlings sold at the State Forest Nursery can be used for wildlife food and habitat, erosion control, reforestation, hedgerows for wind and snow breaks, wetland plantings, site reclamation and as Christmas tree growing stock, as well as for decorative purposes.
Spring seedling sales generally run from mid-April to mid-May. Orders are taken once the catalogs are mailed in December. While most seedlings are sold, limited quantities are distributed free of charge for educational purposes to nonprofit organizations, counties, municipalities and public institutions.
For more information about New Hampshire’s State Forest Nursery, including how to be added to the mailing list to receive the 2021 catalog, visit nhnursery.com.
Established in 1910, the N.H. State Forest Nursery’s mission is to grow and distribute quality, bare-root seedlings for forestry, conservation and education purposes. The Nursery facility and program are administered by the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, which is part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. For more information about the N.H. Division of Forests and Lands, visit nh.gov/nhdfl.