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About Us

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The New Hampshire State Forest Nursery is a facility and program administered by the Forest Management Bureau in the Division of Forests and Lands, a division of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. We have 3 million seedlings growing on 16 acres of irrigated, outdoor seedbeds, 20 acres of seed orchards and progeny test areas, and several on-site demonstration plantings. Annual seedlings sales total about 350,000 consisting of over 50 different species and specialty packages. The Nursery facilities and seedbeds are located in south-central New Hampshire along the bank of the Merrimack River. Our operations lie within an 880-acre state forest managed for multiple uses.

The Nursery exists under authority of RSA 227-H:2 to raise and sell seedlings to "...persons who desire to plant them". Every seedling we sell is grown from seed in our own seedbeds. We collect as much of our own seed as possible from local sources to ensure quality seedlings well adapted to local climate and soils.

Our Mission

The State Forest Nursery mission is to grow and distribute quality, bare-root seedlings for forestry, conservation, and education purposes. To ensure seedling quality and respond to market demands and forest health concerns, a tree improvement research and development effort is maintained.

Contact Information

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Seedling Catalog

Click here for a pdf of the Spring 2017 catalog.

You may  email us or give us a call at 603.271.2214 to receive a catalog or be placed on the mailing list.  There is no email distribution list for the catalog.
The seedling order form is available to download by double clicking on the ordering link at the top of the page or click here.


Grown in New Hampshire
We have the best tree and shrub seedlings - not imported, not replanted - but grown from seed right here in NH.
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Please contact the Nursery directly for availability of seedlings.

As reported last year, we have experienced two open winters which has resulted in losses, particularly the true firs used primarily in the culture of Christmas trees. We have experimented with different mulches and have found a promising fix to the problem of frost heaving. In fact, our 2year old beds have some of the best looking stock we have seen.  Unfortunately for our Christmas tree customers, it takes a minimum of 3 years to grow a field ready seedling, so one more year will be needed before our saleable numbers of firs will be at good levels again.  

Balsam, Fraser, Canaan, and Concolor fir will not be available this year in standalone sales.  We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused our growers.