Cone and seed collection

DNR forester and landowner walking in landowner's woodlands

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 State Forest Nursery.

Thank you for all of your efforts this year to help the Nursery with our seed and cone collection efforts. We are no longer accepting seed and cones for the 2019-2020 season. Check back for more information as we begin collection for the 2020-2021 season this fall.

Review the list and call area office drop off location before collecting.

Coniferous trees

  • Black spruce
  • Eastern white pine
  • Jack pine
  • Red pine (also called Norway pine)
  • Tamarack (also called eastern or American larch)
  • White spruce


  • American basswood
  • Bitternut hickory
  • Black walnut
  • Bur oak
  • Northern pin oak (also called Jack oak, hill oak)
  • Northern red oak
  • Pin cherry
  • Red maple
  • Shagbark hickory
  • Silver maple
  • Sugar maple
  • Swamp white oak
  • White oak
  • Yellow birch

Contact the area forestry office drop off location in your area before collecting for the quota of cones or seeds they will purchase plus instructions on proper collecting, handling and labeling requirements.

For instructions on collecting seeds and cones and zone map: