Developing and supporting quality nursery facilities and staff are necessary to meet global forest and landscape restoration needs

  • Diane L Haase US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, State and Private Forestry and National Center for Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Anthony S Davis Oregon State University, College of Forestry, Department of Forest Resources, Engineering, and Management, Corvallis, Oregon, USA


Seedlings are the foundation for many terrestrial ecosystems and are a critical consideration and investment for implementing global forest and landscape restoration programs. Global leaders have pledged to restore millions of hectares during the next decade, necessitating many millions of established plants. Although natural regeneration and direct seeding will likely meet a portion of that need, large quantities of high-quality, nursery-grown seedlings are also required. Insufficient plant quantities or poor-quality plants result in unsuccessful outplanting programs. Such failures have considerable economic and environmental consequences and will result in an inability to meet restoration goals. Nonetheless, the importance of restoration nurseries is often overlooked when making large-scale restoration commitments. Technology already exists to produce high-quality plants to meet a variety of goals. This technology cannot be applied, however, unless adequate resources and training are made available by overcoming political and socioeconomic barriers. In this article, we discuss the important role of nurseries to meet global restoration commitments and review three case studies where increased support to nursery programs resulted in improved restoration success.


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