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SC Tree Planters Have Three More Weeks to Get “First Pick” of Forestry
web posted September 11 2012
COUNTY – 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
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 http://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
· 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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