ATTENTION LANDOWNERS! Identifying healthy trees for cone collection is an important first step to harvesting seeds for future reforestation needs. CAL FIRE is asking landowners to assist with locating developing cone crops on native California conifers (pine, fir, cedar, redwood). A potential stand of conifer trees consists of approximately 15-20 healthy trees with the top third of the tree containing unopened cones. Please take note of the location (e.g. GPS coordinates) and tree species observed. Please contact the Seed Bank Manager with information about your potential crop.
If you have tree climbing experience, are privately insured, and are interested in cone collections, please contact CAL FIRE’s L.A. Moran Reforestation Center Seed Bank Manager for details.
Thank you for participating in the annual cone crop survey for CAL FIRE!
L.A. MORAN REFORESTATION CENTER
California has been devastated in recent years by catastrophic wildfires, changing the landscape of forests and wildlands, our homes and lives. As fires sweep through the state, keeping our forests healthy and wildfire resilient is more important than ever. Growing enough trees to meet the increasing need is our highest priority—and future seedlings will contribute to the strength and restoration of the state’s forestlands.
WHO WE ARE
The L.A. Moran Reforestation Center has a long-standing history of serving California. Established in 1921, the Reforestation Center has been growing tree seedlings since its inception 100 years ago. Embracing CAL FIRE’s ongoing mission to protect the people and resources of California, the Reforestation Center has produced millions of tree seedlings for the state’s reforestation efforts.
The demand for tree-growing operations has expanded dramatically over the last decade due to California’s drought, tree mortality, and devastating wildfires. The Reforestation Center provides a reliable source of quality tree seedlings and seed stock to private landowners and public forests in California. We are expanding our operations to meet the growing needs of our communities.
WHAT WE DO
Our native tree seeds are important for California’s future. Conifers like pine, sequoia, and cedars form cones. These cones produce seeds, part of the forest’s natural reproduction cycle. The Reforestation Center specializes in processing, lab testing, and growing seedlings from cone-bearing trees.
To obtain the highest quality seeds, the Reforestation Center surveys vast and often difficult to traverse locations throughout California. Harvesting superior seeds require using cones produced in the top one-third of the tree! We work closely with highly-trained climbers to reach these heights. Once harvested, the cone seeds return to the Center, where staff begins the rigorous procedure of processing and laboratory testing.
The Nursery is where trees are propagated from seed we collect and are carefully grown in state-of-art greenhouses. Because growing from seed can take an entire year, the Nursery works with public and private forests to forecast where demand will be for future seasons. The need for quality seedlings is only growing.
If you are a private forestland owner or want to restore native trees on your property, the Reforestation Center offers available seedlings to both private and public forestlands.
THE STATE SEED BANK
The state seed bank is a long-term seed repository stored in sub-zero freezer banks. Containing over 30,000 pounds of seed, the Seed Bank provides a wide variety of native tree species from a range of areas and elevations throughout the state. This helps restore native lands exposed to shifting climates, and rising uncertainties in the forest ecosystem.
The Seed Bank acts as protection against the threat of state-wide extinction, striving to preserve species for current and future generations of Californians. It is a vital part of reforestation’s future.
CAL FIRE’s L. A. Moran Reforestation Center is always seeking professional tree climbers for cone sampling and cone collections between July and October across the State. You must have your own liability insurance and gear. For more information, please contact Seed Bank Manager Jessica Huang, Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-753-2441.
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
We have worked for the past 100 years to foster sustainability in our forests, and we endeavor to work for another hundred—to provide healthy forests for a safer California.
If you are interested in obtaining seeds or seedlings from the Reforestation Center, please fill out our interest form.
For questions on your reforestation needs, please contact us at (530) 753-2441.
Deputy Chief, Forestry Assistance
Seed Bank Manager
- 2021 Cone Crop Survey and Cone Collection Certification (PDF)
- CAL FIRE Reforestation Center
- Raising Forest Seedlings at Home
- California Native Plant Link Exchange
- Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute
- National Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources (RNGR) Program
- Forest Seedling Network
- Reforestation Practices for Conifers in California (scroll to bottom of page)