Our purpose at the State Forest Nursery is to provide quality native plant materials to landowners for timber production, wildlife habitat, erosion control and aesthetics at an affordable cost. Thanks to customers like you, 2011 marks 75 years producing seedlings at the Ames Nursery.
Native trees are one of the keys to having a healthy woodland. To improve quality we are continuing to identify additional locations for seed collection from native Iowa forests and wildlife areas.
Annually, we purchase seed from Iowa collectors. By providing a reliable source of suitable planting stock in large quantities, the State Forest Nursery makes it possible to plant millions of trees and shrubs each year. The State Forest Nursery at Ames was established during the Civilian Conservation Corps days in the late 1930s. The Montrose Unit was established in cooperation with the Department of Corrections in 1982.
Nursery production is about 3 to 5 million plants per year. Because some species grow until they are 3 years old, it means that we have about 12,000,000 seedlings growing at any specific time. There is a long history of cooperative research projects with Iowa State University. The State Forest Nursery is self supporting. Receipts from sale of plant materials covers cost of operations.
The State Forest Nursery, located on 98 acres of land on the south edge of Ames, Iowa, and 20 acres of land at Montrose, Iowa, annually grows, processes and distributes about 2,000,000 to 4,000,000 trees and shrubs that are planted for forestry, wildlife, erosion control and beautification.
Order online: https://programs.iowadnr.gov/forestryseedlings/
To place an order you will need to create an account with the State of Iowa. For instructions on creating your account please read the following information: A&A Instructions