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.

Black spruce cone harvesters are needed immediately in the Northeast and Northwest regions to help us meet state and county spruce seed orders for spring 2020 reforestation. The purchase price is $70.00 per bushel. If interested, contact any drop off location listing black spruce cones for details.

How to collected black spruce cones

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

Coniferous trees

  • Black spruce
  • Jack pine

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


For instructions on collecting seeds and cones and zone map: