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    Now is the time to reforest your land. Today's forests are the result of planning done 20 to 50 years ago. Those who reforested their property back then have seen substantial income from timber, as well as many other benefits.
    In past years, more than half of the harvested acres belonging to Texans were not adequately reforested. As a result, many stands, or forested acres, grew back in brush and severely limited the owner’s future income potential.
    Reforestation practices have come a long way. Improved tree genetics have increased yields from 15 to 25 percent per acre and have reduced the length of time from planting to harvest.
    Texas A&M Forest Service district foresters are available to provide technical guidance. By discussing the best tree species for the site, determining site preparation practices and providing information on seedling nurseries, a district forester is your number one resource as you plan your reforestation.

    Forest Management Information Sheets provide information on specific topics related to reforestation. 


     + East Texas Tree Planting Guidelines

    Whether you are planting just a few trees or several million, the following reforestation guidelines should assist you in ensuring your trees are planted correctly. Included in the guidelines are quality assurance standards and protocols for determining whether or not your trees are planted correctly. Using proper planting techniques is the first step in ensuring your trees will have a healthy and productive life.

    Technical Guidelines & Quality Assurance Standards for Pines

    Technical Guidelines & Quality Assurance Standards for Longleaf Pine

    Technical Guidelines & Quality Assurance Standards for Hardwoods

     + Central Texas Tree Planting

    Planting trees in central Texas can provide food and shelter for wildlife, stabilize soils, increase aesthetic appeal and create recreational opportunities. Follow these tips for success and assess factors that may lead to failure.

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     + Central Texas Restoration & Recovery Program

    The Central Texas Restoration & Recovery Program supports reforestation programs by providing landowners with seedlings that will grow well in Central Texas. Each year, seed is collected from native trees throughout Central Texas and grown at West Texas Nursery. These native seedlings are ideal for landowners who have been affected by drought, wildfire or disease.

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     + West Texas Nursery

    West Texas Nursery has been producing high-quality, affordable tree and shrub seedlings for over 35 years. Opened in 1978, West Texas Nursery is the only Texas A&M Forest Service-operated seedling nursery in the state. Around 20 different tree species are produced for sale annually, ranging from pines and evergreens for West Texas windbreaks to hardwoods, like oak and pecan, for wildlife and conservation plantings.

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     + Contact

    Contact a local TFS office for more information.