Interested in collecting and selling tree seeds and cones?

Do you have or know of a woodland or forest that produces large amounts of seeds or cones?  You can sell viable tree seeds to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

If you are interested in collecting tree seeds or cones, contact the MN DNR Forestry office in your area for the quota of seeds they will purchase and collection details.

The Minnesota State Forest Nursery is interested in buying seeds and cones from the following trees:

  • Black spruce
  • White spruce
  • Jack pine
  • Red pine
  • Tamarack
  • Red oak
  • White oak
  • Bur oak
  • Swamp oak
  • Sugar maple

NOTE: Contact the MN DNR Forestry office in your area for the quota of seeds they will purchase.  If you are given a quota to collect tree seed from a MN DNR Forestry office you will be given instructions on proper collecting, handling a labeling requirements.

Visit the Seed Collection webpage for a list of tree seeds and cones being collect by DNR forestry offices.

For instructions on collecting seeds and cones:

Gary Wyatt
Gary Wyatt is an Extension educator with a focus on agroforestry and bio-energy. Gary works with federal and state agency partners in promoting conservation and agroforestry practices in rural landscapes. Other topics of expertise include invasive species, tree selection, living snow fences, nontimber forest products, riparian buffers, windbreaks and ecosystem services. Gary is based at the Mankato Regional Office.

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