Land Resources

Rayonier Seedlings

Rayonier grows more than 30 million seedlings every year in the rich soils of our Elberta, Alabama, tree nursery. These trees have been specially-bred by our research team to ensure optimal growth with minimal disease.

THE RAYONIER SEEDLINGS DIFFERENCE

The Rayonier Seedlings team produces 10s of millions of young trees annually. The vast majority of these seedlings are needed to reforest our own properties across the U.S. We strive to replant our forests within a year of cutting mature trees.

Our goal is to develop each seedling to the optimum ratio:

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Rayonier Seedlings are produced from Rayonier’s seed orchards, which breed the straightest, fastest-growing and most disease-resistant trees. We grow our seedlings at a low density and culture them to thrive anywhere in the U.S. South. 

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A History of Sustainable Planting

For more than 60 years, Rayonier has produced its own seedlings to ensure the sustainability of our forests for generations to come.

  • 1930s: Rayonier plants its first stand of trees in Nassau County, Florida. From now on, our approach to forestry will be as much about planting as it is about cutting. The nursery will later move to Glennville, Georgia, and then to Elberta, Alabama.
  • 1955: We open Morgan Nursery, our first seedling nursery, in Nassau County, Florida. Nextdoor to the nursery, we set out to improve our trees' growth and disease resistance, establishing one of the first seed orchards in the U.S. South.
  • 1957: Our East Coast Genetic Resource Center is established, a pioneer in tree improvement research and breeding techniques. This program continues to be a key component in Rayonier's forest management program today.
  • 2009: We plant our billionth tree. We continue to plant more than 30 million trees every year.
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