Division's Nurseries and Seedling Orders
The Kentucky Division of Forestry operates two seedling nurseries for the purpose of planting on public and privately-owned land. These nurseries are located at Gilbertsville in Marshall County near the Kentucky Dam and at Grassy Creek in Morgan County near the town of West Liberty.
Our nurseries offer different species of hardwoods and conifers for sale for planting on open crop or pasture land, developing a Christmas tree plantation, enhancing wildlife habitat, improving urban areas and reclaiming surface mining sites.
Tree Seedling Orders Now Taken Online or via Branch Office
The Division of Forestry is accepting orders for tree seedlings beginning September 1 online through its new Forestry Seedling Sales. Those ordering less than 10,000 total trees and are using a credit card are to use the division's online store to place their order. Seedlings ordered from the store will be shipped by UPS. Those wishing to order seedlings and pay by check or want to pick up their seedlings at one of our two nurseries are asked to use the Tree Order Form and order through their local branch office. Division branch offices can answer questions or questions can be emailed to KYSeedlingSales@ky.gov.
Approximately 1.25 million seedlings are grown each year beginning with planting seeds and maintaining seedling beds throughout the growing season. After one to two years of growth, the tree seedlings are then lifted from the seedling beds during the dormant season and packaged into bundles for sale. Seedlings are available to Kentucky landowners at a reasonable price and are shipped to individuals from January through April.
There are more than 1 million acres of land in Kentucky that could benefit from tree planting. These areas could not only be planted to produce future timber crops, but also be planted to improve wildlife habitat and protect the soil from erosion by wind or water. In urban areas, planting may be done to improve the environment by reducing the effects of heat, wind, dust and noise, providing privacy screens or just beautifying the urban landscape.
Contact and Ordering Information
For more information about the division's nurseries, contact Nursery Section Supervisor. For questions regarding seedlings, contact your local regional office. Due to staffing issues, we ask that you do not contact the nurseries.
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