Lucky Peak Nursery

A Place That Grows Trees So That Your Forests Are Forever

Trees and shrubs are some of nature's most abundant and beautiful creations in the forest. But aside from their beauty, trees and shrubs are important for other reasons. They protect the soil and keep the rain from washing it away. They also provide shade, protection, and homes for wildlife. They produce the oxygen we need to breathe, and put moisture into the air.  And trees provide us with lumber for our homes, and paper for us to write on.

The Lucky Peak Nursery is actually a tree farm that grows trees that will be replanted in forests that need them. Established in 1959, the Lucky Peak Nursery stores seed and grows trees and shrubs for all of the National Forests in Southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Western Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico.

Every year, the nursery grows about 2-6 million trees on 60 acres of land. The nursery grows many different kinds of trees and shrubs such as ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, Douglas-fir, Englemann spruce, western larch and sagebrush.  The trees are used to replant areas that have been damaged by fire, insect attacks, high winds, and decay.  They are also used to replant areas that have been harvested in timber sales.

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Annual Spring Seedling Sale 

Landowners who need trees to create windbreaks, improve wildlife habitat, and enhance forests on their property are encouraged to come to the Boise National Forest Lucky Peak Nursery’s annual surplus seedling sale! 

2022 News Release: Annual Nursery Seedling Sale

Instructions on how to plant a conifer seedling


How the Nursery Helps Sage Grouse 

The need for food and shelter for wildlife to survive is basic, particularly for sage grouse living in a post-wildfire landscape in western states. The U.S. Forest Service is helping this upland game bird survive by growing about 3 million sagebrush shrubs a year to restore the area’s dry, grassy plains, essential for the bird’s nesting grounds. “Our goal is to help accelerate the restoration process on our public lands,” said Sara Wilson, manager of the Lucky Peak Nursery, part of the Boise National Forest.

Protecting Sage Grouse for Future Generations One Seed at a Time

Photo of two male and female Sage-Grouse


Our general public tour season is April through June!   Contact us for more information and reservations. 

School Tours - School tours are available April through June, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. There is no cost for these tours. The tour meets the first grade and fourth grade science core curriculum. Reservations are required. For more information on the tour or to make a reservation contact Dude Jaway at: 208-343-1977

Seedlings in the greenhouseLPN - Forest Employees thinning the seedlingsForest employee giving a tour of the Nursery


Additional Information and Links

Lucky Peak Nursery

15169 E. Highway 21L

Boise, ID  83716

Nursery Manager:  Sara Wilson - (208) 343-1977


Utah State University - Forestry Extension Tree Browser

University of Idaho Extension Offices

Idaho Forest Products Commission

State of Idaho -  Department of Lands - IDL