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In Canada, Canfor’s operations source a significant proportion of our fibre from our forest tenures, where we are responsible for forest management. In the US, we buy logs from private landowners and don’t manage forests directly. In 2015, Canfor planted 78 million trees in BC and Alberta. In addition to purchasing seedling from local nurseries, an important part of our reforestation program in central BC includes our dedicated seedling nursery - the J.D. Little Forestry Centre in Prince George.
J.D. Little Forest Centre had a phenomenal growing record last year with a total of 9.9 million spruce seedlings grown in 2015. This is the largest annual total grown in over 20 years. Since it was built in 1982, the nursery has grown over 270 million seedlings.
There’s a lot that takes place in the different greenhouses from when the seeds are planted to when the seedling are sent out to be planted. In just over a year at the nursey, the seedlings are exposed to the equivalent of three years in the natural environment.
Here’s a quick overview of the life of a seedling at J.D. Little Forest Centre:
Thanks to our dedicated nursery team, a healthy crop of hearty seedlings is well underway to being ready for the upcoming planting season.