FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2011
SC Tree Planters Have Two More Weeks to Get “First Pick”
of Forestry Commission Seedlings
(Columbia, SC)- Annual seedling sales have been brisk 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 two weeks while their chances of getting the stock they want are higher. So far, we’ve sold about 61% of our seedling crop, all to in-state customers. The Commission’s nursery still has a good supply of both hardwood and softwood tree seedlings available.
The Commission’s Taylor Nursery grows 33 varieties of trees for sale including pines, hardwoods, and Christmas tree species. Taylor Nursery is one of the state’s leading providers of hardwood seedlings and containerized longleaf pine seedlings. This year, we’re growing almost two-million longleaf seedlings. They are expected to be in high demand 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 “surplus” seedlings if they exist.
Foresters with the Commission strongly recommend late fall and early winter planting for better seedling survival.
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. Landowners who plant now may be able to take advantage of higher wood prices in the future.
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 the nursery at 803-275-3578.
AT A GLANCE:
- South Carolina Forestry Commission seedlings are now available
- 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
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News managers, for more information, contact Scott Hawkins at (803-896-8820)
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 more than $1,800.00 of economic impact.