TFS seed is made available to our commercial partners, who then make seedlings available to their customers. We also make the seed available to TFS’ West Texas Nursery. Currently seed from our drought-hardy loblolly pine orchard at Magnolia Springs is being collected and provided to both TFS and to private and commercial partners to produce seedlings to reforest Bastrop State Park and surrounding lands devastated by the Bastrop wildfire in 2011. This seed is a product of some of the earliest selection and testing work done by TFS with loblolly pines originating from the Lost Pines region.
The TFS Tree Improvement Program also collects hardwood seed developed to support a unique improvement program focusing on street, or urban, trees. Most cities in Texas are outside the range of the eastern hardwood forest and most seed made available to support urban reforestation when this program began were from the northeastern U.S. and very poorly adapted. TFS collaborated with several municipalities and commercial nurseries to make local selections in several species, including baldcypress, bur oak, green ash, live oak and Shumard oak, and tested these for suitability in the urban environment. TFS and the cities of Burleson and Forth Worth have continued this partnership to deploy seedlings of several species from this program in their respective cities. The program is continually looking to build partnerships to further the collaborative effort that gave rise to this unique state resource.
The TFS Tree Improvement Program also partners with the Texas Christmas Tree Growers’ Association to produce Virginia pine seed to support seedling production for the members.