Agriculture Press Release

June 23, 2000

Division of Forestry offers
newest crop of forest tree seedlings for sale

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford today announced that the Division of Forestry will begin taking forest tree seedling orders for the 2000-2001 planting season on July 5.

The division is growing more than 35 million seedlings for Floridas public and private reforestation efforts at its forest tree nursery this year. Tree species offered for sale include bald cypress along with genetically improved slash, loblolly, sand and longleaf pines. Bare root seedlings are sold on a "first-come-first served" basis while supplies last.

Order quantities range from 250 trees upward and price varies with the quantity ordered. Seedlings may be picked up at the divisions Andrews Nursery in Chiefland or delivered to designated Division of Forestry offices throughout the state. Deliveries will begin in early December.

Floridas tree-planting season runs during the cooler, wetter winter period, typically between the months of December and March. More than 100 million forest trees are grown annually by the Division of Forestry and numerous private forest tree nurseries around the state to meet the reforestation needs of Floridas landowners.

Crawford reminded landowners that there are financial assistance and incentive programs available from both public and private sources to help private non-industrial landowners with the cost of reforestation. One such program is the Forest Stewardship Program, administered through the Division of Forestry. Also, leading forest companies offer incentives to landowners through their Landowner Assistance Programs (LAP) as well. Qualifying requirements and performance standards vary, depending on the program so landowners are advised to study each program carefully before committing to any particular one.

The Division of Forestrys 2000-01 Seedling Brochure contains more information about seedling prices, delivery dates and how to acquire order forms and is available at all division field offices and the Andrews Nursery. For more information about government-funded programs or to obtain a list of private forest tree nurseries in Florida, landowners can also call or visit their nearest Division of Forestry office.


For more information:
Tom Gilpin
(850) 414-9912

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