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Iowa’s State Forest Nursery provides quality native plant materials, at an affordable cost, to landowners for timber production, wildlife habitat, erosion control and beautification. By providing a reliable source of native stock in large quantities, the State Forest Nursery makes it possible for more than a million trees and shrubs to be planted each year.
Nursery production is about 1 to 2 million plants per year. Because some species grow for three years before they are lifted for sale, 3-5 million seedlings are growing at any given time.
The nursery is located on 98 acres just south of Ames and was established during the Civilian Conservation Corps days of the 1930s. Thanks to our customers, 2016 marks 80 years producing seedlings.
The State Forest Nursery is bound by Iowa Code to be self-sustaining. Receipts from sale of plant materials are used to cover cost of operations.
While the majority the seedlings are sold to farmers and forestry consultants in bulk orders, options are available for acreage owners and even residential homeowners.
Orders are taken between Aug 1 and May 31, while supplies last. Fall shipments begin the last week of October and spring shipments start April 1. Depending on the species, sizes of seedlings range from 8 to 24 inches.
Minimum order options include:
Descriptions and pictures of nursery stock are available in the Seedling Catalog
Ordering off-line:Download the current Seedling Catalog and Seedling Order Form or request paper copies by calling the State Forest Nursery.
Mail or Fax:
Complete the order form and Mail it to:
Iowa State Forest Nursery
2404 S Duff Ave.
Ames, Iowa 50010or Fax your order form to: 515-233-1131
Please do not send payment with your order.
Invoices will be mailed at a later date.
Use your completed order form to place an order by phone. Speak to a nursery representative between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday at 1-800-865-2477.
Ordering Online:Ordering online requires setting up an A&A account with the State of Iowa. First-time buyers may find it easier to use one of the above methods of ordering. Otherwise, follow the instructions for setting up an account or use your existing account to place an order. The online ordering system provides real time updates of inventory.
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Contact us:1-800-865-2477 or 515-233-1161
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