J. W. Toumey Nursery

The mission of J.W. Toumey Nursery is to demonstrate the highest standards of forest nursery management through the production of high quality bare root and container stock in the requested quantities and in an economic manner. These seedlings are required to support the Integrated Resource Management implementation of Forest Plans of our clients.

The nursery was established in 1935 in response to a growing need for tree seedlings. It was named in honor of a professor, James W. Toumey, at the Yale School of Forestry. Toumey was internationally known as an authority on forest seeding and planting. The Toumey Nursery is the last remaining Forest Service nursery in the Eastern Region.

Under the management of the Nursery Superintendent the nursery produces bareroot and containerized tree seedlings and native plants for planting on seven National Forests in the Lake States. These forests include the Ottawa, Huron-Manistee, and Hiawatha in Michigan; the Chequamegon-Nicolet in Wisconsin; and the Chippewa and Superior in Minnesota.



Operations are broken down into six major divisions:



The J.W. Toumey Nursery personnel provide hosted tours for a wide range of groups including: University forestry students, elementary through high school students, numerous organizations, and any individual or group with an interest in Nursery practices.

To schedule a tour please contact our office at 906-358-4523 to set up a tour.


We are located at:

E23985 Old U.S.2 E

Watersmeet, MI 49969


Contact Us:

Phone (906)358-4523
Fax 906-358-0493


Office Hours

7:00-3:30 M-F Central Time