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Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources


Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources offers a search engine that allows users to search more than 9300 publications related to the production and use of native plants for reforestation, afforestation, and ecosystem restoration. Users can search by author, year, or keyword.

Overview and Applicability

Pine seedlings grown in a tree nursery can be transplanted into the field for reforestation projects.
Pine seedlings grown in a tree nursery can be transplanted into the field for reforestation projects.
Tree planting programs have been a major part of forestry and conservation since modern land management began. Reforestation and restoration projects yield better air and water quality, enhanced wildlife habitat, greater biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability, healthier forests, reduced soil erosion, and increased timber production.

With the adoption of the Forest Service National Native Plants Policy and the growing activity and interest shown by other agencies and organizations in ecosystem restoration and sustainability, planting programs are the subject of renewed interest. Demand for native species, each having its own cultural and site requirements, has risen dramatically, as have requests for information about how to propagate, store, ship, and plant native species.

Relevant expertise and research within the Forest Service, universities, and other organizations is hard pressed to adequately address this increasing need for reliable, scientifically sound information. The Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources fills this need by providing a searchable database with over 9,300 technical articles.


User-defined search terms, keyword, and author


Citations and abstracts for over 9,300 technical articles


Reforestation, Nurseries, and Genetic Resources ( is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service and Southern Regional Extension Forestry and is a colloborative effort between these two agencies.

National Strategic Program Areas: 
Wildland Fire and Fuels
National Priority Research Areas: 
Forest Disturbances; Watershed Management and Restoration
RMRS Science Program Areas: 
Grassland, Shrubland and Desert Ecosystems
RMRS Strategic Priorities: 
Human-Landscape Interactions; Resilient Landscapes