Nursery Keeps Lands Green

Nursery Keeps Lands Green
Nursery Keeps Lands Green

One of the largest forests in the Inland Northwest is growing Indoors.  More than one million trees are under one roof alone at the US Forest Service’s Coeur d’Alene Nursery.    The Nursery grows tree, shrub and grass seedlings for national forests in North Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.  “We lose trees in the forest from fire, insect, disease and harvest,” Nursery Superintendent Joe Myers said.   “We want to reestablish that vegetation.”  The Coeur d’Alene Nursery has supplied more than 700 million seedlings in the past 50 years.  Trees are grown for reforestation projects in places like Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks.  Seedlings cannot be purchased by the public and are grown for federal lands.  Plants are grown indoors in 23 greenhouses and outdoors on the 240 acre facility west of Coeur d’Alene.  One greenhouse is kept at a constant 70-degrees and grows tree seedlings in six to eight months that would take two to three years if planted outside.