Forest Nursery needs pine cones and seeds, will purchase from public

The State Forest Nursery needs hundreds of bushels of evergreen cones within the next few months to meet state and county orders for spring 2022 reforestation efforts, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Most of the nursery’s seeds and cones are purchased from the public. Prices paid to private individuals for seed collection range from $20 – $150/bushel, depending on the type of cone. Seeds and cones may be collected on your own property or on state forest land.

Before collecting seeds or cones, contact one of the DNR seed drop off locations for more information, including instructions on how to present cones for purchase.

DNR foresters coordinate the seeding of approximately 5,000 acres each year to reforest DNR-managed land. Seeds are also planted at the nursery to grow tree seedlings, which are used in reforestation efforts on public and private land across Minnesota.

To learn more, visit the DNR’s Seed and Cone Collection website.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.


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