Expanding Nursery Capacity in the Pacific Northwest with Strategic DroneSeed/Silvaseed Partnership

 June 7, 2022 | 3 min read

Strategic Partnership to Support Reforestation in the Pacific Northwest

Fueled by climate change and other factors, wildfire size and intensity is increasing dramatically across the Pacific Northwest. This poses a growing threat to the incredible ecosystems found there, and creates a pressing need to scale reforestation.

Despite this need to scale, nursery production and seed collection has not been able to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for reforestation in post-wildfire landscapes.

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Why is seed so important? 

Wildfires are burning hotter than ever before, eviscerating any seeds left in the soil and treetops. This loss of genetic material in the landscape prevents the natural regeneration of forest lands, leaving them vulnerable to invasive species and grassland conversion. The reintroduction of seed/seedlings into these post-wildfire landscapes plays a vital role in forest recovery and forest resilience.

In order for a seedling to have the highest chance of survival, the seed that the seedling was propagated (grown) from, needs to come from the correct “seed zone”. Foresters use seed zones, splitting up a tree’s native range into parcels where habitat conditions are roughly similar. These are then further categorized by elevation. Growing quality seedlings that have the correct, genetically appropriate seed zone is at the center of a successful reforestation project. But in a climate where seed is in high demand, it makes it challenging to secure the most ecologically suitable seed.

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Addressing Barriers through Partnerships

One Tree Planted is working hard to meet that need and to establish key partnerships to secure seedling supply for our planting partners for years to come. As part of our efforts, we've partnered with DroneSeed’s recently acquired Silvaseed Nursery in Roy, Washington.

Silvaseed Nursery has been working within the restoration space for over 125 years, providing services ranging from cone collection and processing to foreign and domestic seed sales, seedling production and more. DroneSeed is scaling reforestation to mitigate the worst effects of climate change by combining seed and seedling supplies with reforestation services like seeding with aerial drones and hand planting — and plans are already underway to double the Silvaseed Nursery capacity. 

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HERE'S HOW THIS PARTNERSHIP WILL WORK

One Tree Planted has been working diligently to address the main barriers to restoration work in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), which are preventing people from replanting forests that have been degraded or destroyed by wildfires. They include seed collection challenges, low seed availability, narrow species diversity, access to nursery space, and high up-front costs of seed acquisition and seedling cultivation.

This partnership is part of our ongoing effort to build a network of nurseries that ensures our partners have access to reserved nursery space and seed. This alliance between DroneSeed/Silvaseed & One Tree Planted will have a profound impact on private landowners, providing both funding and resources to meet their reforestation needs.

With a commitment to acquire up to 5 million seedlings for reforestation projects over the next 3 years, One Tree Planted and DroneSeed/Silvaseed are uniquely suited to help accelerate reforestation across the Pacific Northwest. With Silvaseed’s native seeds and strategically located grow space and One Tree Planted’s funding, the partnership removes barriers for interested landowners and planting partners.

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Plant Trees With Us!

Are you a forester or landowner in the Pacific Northwest that's looking for funding and seedlings for forest fire recovery? Contact our project manager and check out our funding proposal form today!

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most
Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

Plant Trees Where They're Needed Most

As the need for reforestation is global and ever-changing, we feature where trees are most needed now. Today, we're raising funds to jumpstart forest fire recovery in British Columbia. Learn more

With your help, we will:

  • Restore landscapes damaged by a historic season of wildfires
  • Create habitat for iconic biodiversity like the moose and grizzly bear
  • Support old-growth management areas to maintain complex ecosystems
  • This reforestation initiative is helping to restore the landscape in British Columbia after the Hanceville fire burned over 590,000 acres in 2017 and natural regeneration has not occurred. The fire has impacted the forest, soils, riparian ecosystems, wildlife, and water quality. Local indigenous communities have seen their ability to hunt and gather food drastically altered. But your support will go a long way! The goal of planting trees here is to not only re-establish a healthy forest, but also to plant species that will be resilient in the face of climate change. Thank you so much for your support of healthy forests! 🌲
  • Planting trees will catalyze the process of returning the area to a forested state. Newly planted trees will begin the process of sequestering atmospheric carbon, and over time improve the hydrological benefits of the forest. The ecosystems that have been greatly simplified by extreme fire conditions will once again become complex ecosystems, This project will also create habitat for many local wildlife species including mule deer, moose, black and grizzly bear, wolves, sandhill cranes, various raptors, songbirds, and small mammals.
  • A personalized tree certificate (see gallery) to say thanks for your donation. We'll also send you updates about this project, so you can track the impact your trees are having on the community and environment.
  • B.C.'s rich forest diversity includes more than 40 different species of native trees, with some of Canada’s most interesting and valuable tree species. In this project, we made efforts to maximize species diversity, including the following species: Douglas-fir, lodgepole pine, hybrid spruce, ponderosa pine, trembling aspen.

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