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ODF selling seedlings for reforestation

State officials are selling seedlings to Santiam Canyon property owners looking to reforest their properties after the 2020 wildfires.

Landowners have until Jan. 12 to advise the Oregon Department of Forestry of their needs. See the information box for how to proceed.

The seedling acquisition program (SAP) is a short-term service by ODF to increase small, private, non-industrial landowner access to seedlings for reforestation purposes across areas affected by the 2020 Beachie Creek, Lionshead and Riverside wildfires.

Landowners looking to reforest in the 2023 planting season can use the online service to place orders of up to 20,000 seedlings. Larger orders should be placed directly with tree nurseries.

Landowners who previously indicated a seedling need to ODF Stewardship Foresters, OSU Extension or other entities will be prioritized in the selection process. Others will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Species available include Douglas-fir, grand fir, ponderosa pine and western red cedar.

Within the order form, species, fire seed zone and elevation options will be available to choose from in each fire footprint served. Landowners may request up to 20,000 seedlings.

Landowners will be contacted after Jan. 12 with a confirmation, along with times and locations of pickup. Pickups will be local to your fire footprint in February 2023.

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