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. For information about cone and seed processing, seed availability for approved projects, and private nursery resources please contact:
Anthony Lukacic, L.A. Moran Reforestation Center Manager at 707-486-6408 for general inquiries.
Jessica Huang, Seed Bank manager at 530-565-6506 for cone and seed inquiries.
Kuldeep Singh, Nursery Manager at 530-723-2222 for nursery and seedling inquiries.
Update on the CAL FIRE nurseries, seedling production and availability:
In 2011 CAL FIRE ceased all nursery operations due to ongoing state budget reductions. This closure had profound effects on the production of conifer seedlings for private landowners. CAL FIRE and the Board of Forestry continue 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. A recent partnership involving the United States Forest Service (USFS), El Dorado Resource Conservation District and CAL FIRE is providing preordered seedlings to be sold to private landowners. These seedlings are pre-ordered for delivery one year in the future with seeds provided by CAL FIRE and the USFS providing the growing space. Each year, CAL FIRE will also prepare a speculation seed order that will make it easier and faster for landowners to purchase seed zone adapted seedlings.
For the 2018-2019 planting year, CAL FIRE has 6,500 seedlings available that will be ready to plant in the early 2019 season. These seedlings include sugar pine and Douglas-fir. These seedlings were part of a speculative seedling order that was intended to help landowners recover lost trees from the 2017 wildfires in the Napa/Sonoma area and to help landowners in the Southern Sierra impacted from bark beetle mortality. The sugar pine seedlings are best suited for the areas East of Fresno and Tulare at the 5500 foot elevation. The Douglas-fir are best suited for the Napa and Sonoma County area at the 1500 foot elevation.
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.