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Forest Service Nurseries: 100 Years of Ecosystem Restoration

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The USDA Forest Service broke ground on its first nursery in 1902 and since then its nurseries have adapted to many changes in scope and direction: from fire restoration to conservation, to reforestation, and back to restoration. In addition to providing a reliable source of native plant material, they have also been a source of research and technology transfer in seedling production and quality. Today, Forest Service nurseries face difficult times due to sharp declines in reforestation seedling orders, but strive to respond to increased demand for a wide variety of native plants for ecosystem restoration.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forest restoration; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; nursery; reforestation; seedlings

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: 1: Research Plant Physiologist and National Nursery Specialist Southern Research Station USDA Forest Service 1221 South Main Street Moscow ID 83843, Email: 2: National Nursery Specialist Cooperative Forestry USDA Forest Service 3: Chief Silviculturist and Project Leader Southern Research Station USDA Forest Service Pineville LA 4: Forester Forest and Rangeland Management Staff USDA Forest Service Washington DC

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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