FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2012
SC Tree Planters Have Three More Weeks to Get “First Pick”
of Forestry Commission Seedlings
(Columbia, SC)- Annual seedling sales are underway in anticipation of tree planting season, which traditionally begins on Dec. 1st. The Forestry Commission remains a key provider of forest tree seedlings to those South Carolinians aiming to reforest their lands. But beginning October 1st, our seedling sales will open up to out-of-state buyers.
Remaining in-state customers should get their orders in to the Commission within the next threes weeks while their chances of getting the stock they want are high. The Commission’s Taylor Nursery grows 30+ varieties of trees for sale including pines, hardwoods, and Christmas tree species. Taylor Nursery is one of our state’s leading providers of hardwood seedlings and containerized longleaf pine seedlings. This year we’re growing approximately two-million longleaf seedlings. They are expected to be a hot commodity, so orders should be placed as soon as possible.
While Taylor Nursery is a state-run facility, it is funded entirely through seedling sales. Each year we sow enough seedlings to meet the estimated need of SC forest landowners. Sales are opened up to out-of-state customers later in the season to sell any surplus.
Foresters with the Commission strongly recommend late fall and early winter planting for better seedling survival.
Landowners who plant now may be able to take advantage of higher wood prices in the future.
As the economy recovers in the next few years, we expect there to be a continued demand for pulpwood. Additionally, as the housing market recovers, we expect an increasing demand for South Carolina sawtimber. Energy markets emerging now may hold exciting possibilities for forest landowners in the Southeast too.
The Forestry Commission is committed to keeping South Carolina forested for generations to come. Forest industry-related businesses comprise the number-one manufacturing sector in this state’s economy, in terms of jobs and salaries paid.
Orders may be scheduled for UPS shipping or for pick-up at the Commission’s Taylor Nursery in Edgefield County beginning in December. More information and our catalog are available at www.trees.sc.gov, or by calling Taylor Nursery at 803-275-3578.
AT A GLANCE:
- South Carolina Forestry Commission seedlings are now available (and soon to be outside SC)
- The Palmetto State boasts 13.1 million acres of forestland (68% of the state’s total land area)
- 88% of South Carolina’s forests are privately owned
- 64% of private forests are family-owned
- The average family forest is 66 acres, 74% of these owners live on the land
- Total economic impact of forest industry to the SC economy is $17 billion annually
- The southeastern U.S. has been described as the “Saudi Arabia of wood”
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL SCOTT HAWKINS @ 803-360-2231 or (803) 896-8820
The SC Forestry Commission’s mission is to protect and develop South Carolina’s