CAL FIRE provides a forest tree nursery program pursuant to State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection policy and as authorized in state law in Public Resources Code Section 4681. The purpose of the nursery program is to provide an adequate, reliable, and continuous supply of the highest quality forest tree seed and associated plant materials to assure public forest values are protected and enhanced. The nursery program focuses on maintaining a substantial seed bank as insurance against poor seed crop years and for providing the widest possible genetic variety of forest tree species. The program 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.
June 2011 update:
CAL FIRE has closed the Magalia Reforestation Center in Butte County 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. Container seedling production at the L.A. Moran Reforestation Center ceased operations in 2003. 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.
The State Nursery Program's main facility is the L.A. Moran Reforestation Center located in Yolo County in Davis, California. The L.A. Moran Reforestation Center 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.