Seedlings and Planting


Establishing and managing forest trees in western Oregon.  Oregon Forest Resources Institute. 2020. 36 p. Although some sections are specific to Oregon, a great amount of the information on tree species, species selection, seedling selection and establishment, protection from competition and animals, and later tending of stands is equally appropriate for western Washington.

Selecting, planting and caring for a new tree. This Oregon State University booklet is now also available as an app for your Apple or Android tablet. EC 1438. 24 p.

The care and planting of tree seedlings on your woodland.  Oregon State University Extension, Woodland Workbook, EC 1504. 2006. 12 pages.

Enhancing reforestation success in the Inland Northwest.  Pacific Northwest Extension, PNW 520. 2000. 12 pages.

Planting.  Chapter 5 in Forest Management for Small Landowners by Bryon Loucks. 2020.

Web Sites

Forest Seedling Network  is an interactive web site connecting forest landowners with seedling providers and forest management services and contractors.  It provides information on seedlings to purchase, seedlings to sell, vendor assistance, forest management assistance and events.

Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetic Resources (RNGR) is a program of the USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry.  The mission of the technical specialists of the RNGR program is to supply people who grow forest and conservation seedlings with the very latest technical information, and to provide links to other organizations and individuals with similar interests.  Resources included on their web page are: National Nursery and Seed Directory; Forest Nursery Notes; National Nursery Proceedings; Tree Planters' Notes; and the Container Tree Nursery Manual.


Tree planting and site preparation in western Washington. A webinar presented by Matt Provencher at the WSU Forestry Extension 2021 Forest Owners' Winter School, Febryar 27, 2021.

Selecting and planting forest seedlings (or, Plant trees like a boss (so that you only have to do it once). A webinar presented by Matt Provencher, sponsored by WSU Extension Forestry, 2020. 1 hour, 10 minutes.

Tree Planting Series

          #1 - Choosing your trees, presented by Patrick Shults, WSU Extension Forester. 32 minutes. 2020

          #2 - Preparing the site, presented by Matt Provencher, Washington Department of Natural Resources. 36 minutes. 2020.

          #3 - Getting them in the ground, presented by Matt Provencher, Washington Department of Natural Resources. 28 minutes. 2020.

          #4 - Keeping an eye out: insects and disease, presented by Dan Omdal, Washington Department of Natural Resources. 35 minutes. 2020.

          #5 - Keeping an eye out: animal damage, presented by Ken Bevis, Washington Department of Natural Resources. 40 minutes. 2020.