L.A. Moran Reforestation Center
CAL FIRE provides a substantial seed bank as insurance against poor seed crop years and for providing the widest possible genetic variety of forest tree species. This long-term depository contributes to restoration of native trees lost to wildfire, insects and disease; avoiding losses of tree species threatened with extirpation or extinction; and mitigates the uncertainties associated with tree species and forest ecosystem adaptation to climate change. The seed bank is located in the L.A. Moran Reforestation Center (LAMRC) in Yolo County in Davis, California. LAMRC specializes in forest tree cone and seed processing and seed bank storage. CAL FIRE staff at the center continues to provide technical assistance to forest industry, other agency, and private landowners on cone and seed matters and seed collection activities. Cone and seed processing services are available at rates set by the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. The L.A. Moran Reforestation Center can be reached at (530) 753-2441 for information about cone and seed processing, seed availability for approved projects, and private nursery resources.
Update on the CAL FIRE nurseries, seedling production and availability:
Up until 2003 LAMRC produced container seedlings. CAL FIRE’s other nursery, the Magalia Reforestation Center in Butte County, ceased operations as of June 30, 2011 due to ongoing state budget reductions. This closure has suspended for the foreseeable future CAL FIRE's bare root seedling production. The Magalia facility was the last operating seedling production nursery in the CAL FIRE system. CAL FIRE and the Board are continuing to evaluate strategies for providing nursery and reforestation services for the state's public and private forests, consistent with statutory authorities. Central to these efforts are identification of new funding sources or partnerships to support these operations.
Please contact your local CAL FIRE Unit Forester, a Registered Professional Forester, or manager of LAMRC for the most recent information on seedling availability through private nurseries and/or the El Dorado Resource Conservation District.