Seedling sales are OPEN for the season.
Seedling sales resume September 1, 2020 for Tennessee residents planting in-state. Out-of-state sales start October 1, 2020
The Division's East Tennessee Nursery near Delano offers Tennessee residents a variety of tree and shrub seedlings for reforestation, wildlife habitat enhancement, and erosion control, as well as other conservation oriented purposes.
The mission of the Reforestation Unit is to provide quality, affordable seedlings (genetically improved where feasible) to Tennessee landowners and to optimize genetic improvements to increase the productivity of the state's forest resource.
Visiting the Nursery
The nursery is open to day-use visitors for walking the grounds. Recreational visitors should park at the gate and walk-in.
We will continue to monitor activity for good health practices and physical distance to ensure visitor and employee safety. We urge the public to do their part to stay apart, and maintain proper social distancing and personal hygiene. We expect our visitors to follow CDC recommendations for visiting public lands. This includes:
🌳 Don’t visit if you’re sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
🌳 Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of separation between you and other visitors.
🌳 Don’t travel long distances to visit. Look for public lands that are a short drive from your house.
🌳 Don’t visit crowded areas. If an area is full, consider coming back at a different time.
🌳 Only park in designated areas. Please do not park along the shoulders of roads. If a parking area is full, please adjust your plans and find another area to visit.
🌳 Follow all forest rules and regulations.
🌳 Plan ahead. There are no public facilities on the Forest.
🌳 Masks. We recommend that you bring a mask and wear it when around other people.
🌳 Pack out your trash. When it’s time to leave, please clean up after yourselves. Carry out any trash or dispose of it in the appropriate containers.
See more for CDC Recommendations for visiting public lands.
Seedlings grown by the Division of Forestry help supply the raw materials needed to support Tennessee's forest products industry that in 2015 represented a $24.3 billion dollar economic engine providing over 101,000 jobs across the state. In 2010, 4.6 million pine seedlings and 1.5 million hardwood seedlings were grown, representing over 14,000 acres in tree planting. The vast majority of the pine seedlings will be planted for fiber and timber production. The value to landowners of these pine plantings (11,000 acres) when mature is conservatively estimated to be over $22 million in current dollars. Most of the hardwood plantings (3,400 acres) will be tailored to provide environmental benefits; most important being streamside buffers and wildlife habitat. Additionally, over $1 million is estimated to have been paid to tree planting and other forestry services vendors in establishing these plantings.
Much of the economic activity generated through the Division of Forestry's reforestation program occurs in Tennessee's rural landscape, providing much needed jobs and revenue. From a timber perspective, landowners that plant Division of Forestry pine seedlings today receive a 25% gain in productivity as compared to seedlings available 30 years ago.
Forests also provide other "non-traditional" benefits, including water quality and quantity protection, habitat for wildlife, habitat for rare and endangered plants and animals, opportunities for recreation, aesthetics, carbon sequestration, and open spaces.
Watersheds especially depend on healthy forests and riparian buffers for quality water yield. The Division is currently implementing strategies to identify landowners who, through planting forested riparian buffers,
will ensure these watersheds continue to produce clean, abundant water for public use. The Reforestation Program is uniquely positioned to produce the genetically improved seed and seedlings specifically tailored to allow efficient and effective tree planting practices associated with implementing these strategies.
The Division of Forestry's seedling nursery, located in Delano, TN, produces forest seedlings that are available for sale to landowners. These seedlings are adapted to growing conditions found in Tennessee and are used primarily for reforestation and forest conservation projects. Approximately one-half of the 80 acres available for seedling production at the nursery are used for this purpose each year. The remaining seedbed area is planted in cover crops each year to ensure the long-term productivity of the nursery soil.
The seed used to produce the annual crop of tree and shrub seedlings is either purchased from commercial seed vendors or collected by Division of Forestry personnel from seed orchards and seed production areas or from wild stands. Regardless of the source, all the seed used is selected to produce seedlings that will perform well under the growing conditions commonly found in Tennessee. Nearly all seed originates from the area bordered in red on the map below: