Missoula Department of Natural Resources and Conservation greenhouse adds vital forest seedling capacity

By Laura Lundquist
Missoula Current
June 6, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Thanks to recent funding, the Missoula Office of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation has upped its capacity to provide native pine seedlings to a wide variety of federal, state, tribal and private reforestation projects around the region. On Wednesday morning, in lieu of cutting a ribbon, DNRC Nursery Program Manager Michael Butts carefully peeled a strip of tape off the door of his new greenhouse to reveal its name: “Anaconda.” Those in attendance – other DNRC employees and representatives of the U.S. Forest Service and American Forests, a nonprofit – cheered and then walked through the 4,320-square-foot greenhouse, which was finished last fall and already shelters more than 100,000 Ponderosa pine seedlings. “With the new greenhouse, we’re going to increase our capacity by about 20%, roughly growing 250,000 seedlings annually. That translates to an additional 1,500 acres of reforestation across the state each year,” Butts said.

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