The nursery program in New York has been an integral part of forest stewardship on public and private lands since its inception in 1902. The Nursery in Saratoga Springs was created in 1911. More than 1.6 billion seedlings have been produced to enhance and protect the forest resource. Tree planting is a positive environmental management task that can be accomplished with minimal investment of time and money and does not require technical training to accomplish a successful planting. For this reason, small reforestation projects are popular with private landowners who are interested in environmental improvement. The Department of Environmental Conservation encourages planting of trees and shrubs by providing nursery service to provide low cost, quality stock that is readily available to the public.
Nursery in the News
- Sheep graze on invasives at the State Tree Nursery (YouTube)
- A Century of Seedlings HTML Version or PDF Version 570 KB
- Nursing Forests Back to Health PDF Version 1.1 MB
- Nursery Works with Akwesasne Mohawks and partners to plant black ash (PDF, 645 KB)
- Trees for Tribs - Replanting Streams of the Hudson Valley
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More about Nursery Background:
- History of the Saratoga Tree Nursery - The NYS tree nursery program is over 100 years old and has played a significant role in reforesting the state.
- Current Projects of the Saratoga Nursery - The Saratoga Tree Nursery produces 1.5 million seedlings representing over 50 species annually.
- Future Opportunities for the Saratoga Tree Nursery - There are many opportunities for the Saratoga State Tree Nursery to reach goals set by the State.