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
The Division of Forestry is now taking all orders for tree seedlings online through its new Kentucky Seedling Store. Seedling sales have been suspended for the 2021-2022 season. We anticipate taking new orders for the 2022-2023 season beginning September 1, 2022. Anyone wishing to place an order can do so at Forestry Seedling Sales. Division field offices can answer questions but will no longer be taking orders. Questions can also be emailed to KYSeedlingSales@ky.gov.
Approximately 2 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 Superintendent, For questions regarding seedlings, contact your local regional office. Due to staffing issues, we ask that you do not contact the nurseries.
View our field offices.