South Carolina Forestry Commission
News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2008

GROW $OME GREEN
SC Forestry Commission Selling Tree Seedlings for Timber, Energy

Longleaf seedling(Columbia,SC)–The South Carolina Forestry Commission is again offering tree seedlings in preparation for the winter planting season.

The Commission’s Taylor Nursery grows more than fifty types of trees, shrubs and grasses for sale, including 17 selections of pine and 30 different hardwood species.  Also available are baldcypress, red cedar, Atlantic white cedar, palmetto (the state tree) and several shrub and grass species.  For the timber grower, we have increased the number of selections of high-value loblolly pinesDisease resistance and fast growth make these seedlings suitable for woodlots and landscaped yards alike.  Through an exclusive agreement with Cellfor, Inc., a leading producer of varietal seedlings, South Carolina has the only state nursery system in the nation to market these seedlings.

Despite the recent downturn in home construction, state and federal forestry experts say demand for SC timber will remain strong in the long run.  Also, in addition to traditional uses such as lumber, plywood and paper, wood can provide an energy source that will help South Carolinians become more energy independent in the years to come.

Orders are expected to be brisk, especially for longleaf pine seedlings, so put your order in early.

Orders may be scheduled for UPS shipping or for pick-up at the Commission’s Taylor Nursery in Edgefield County.  More information and our catalog are available at www.trees.sc.gov/nur.htm or by calling the nursery at 803-275-3578.  Information about Cellfor is on the web at www.cellfor.com.

 

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The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s forest resource.  For every $1.00 invested by SC in the Commission, the industry produces about $1,000.00 of economic impact.

 

 

For more information, contact Scott Hawkins, 803-896-8820

 

 

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