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Seed programs

Schroeder Seed Orchard

The J.E. Schroeder Seed Orchard is one of the primary sources of seed for regrowing Oregon's forests. Forest landowners must plant new trees after harvesting to ensure that forests continue to provide valuable economic, environmental and social benefits.

The seed orchard focuses on developing seed that will flourish into healthy forests by tailoring seed production to soil type and growing region. The orchard is part of a collaborative network of partners including:

  • Oregon State Forests
  • Oregon State University
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Industrial forest landowners
  • Oregon Seed Bank

Seed is made available to cooperators to promote conservation and forest production. Among the unique seed sources produced at the seed orchard are the Willamette Valley strain of Ponderosa pine, deer resistant western red cedar, and genetically improved western hemlock and Douglas-Fir adapted to planting across many regions of Oregon.


Oregon Seed Bank

The Oregon Seed Bank ensures that high quality forest tree seed is available for planting across Oregon.

The Oregon Seed Bank obtains seed from the most highly regarded and advanced disease resistant sources and tree improvement programs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Seed Bank sells seed of a variety species and seed zones to nurseries in Oregon. These nurseries then produce well-adapted forest tree seedling that are available for sale to family forestland owners and other customers.



The Oregon Seed Bank is made possible in part with funding provided by the USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Region, State & Private Cooperative Forestry.

Photo from the seed orchard


Oregon Seed Bank Program
Don Kaczmarek, Forest Geneticist

JE Schroeder Seed Orchard
3700 Mahoney Road NE
St. Paul, OR 97137

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