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The OECD Scheme for the Certification of Forest Reproductive Material seeks to encourage the production and use of forest tree seeds or plants that have been collected, processed, raised, labelled and distributed in a manner that ensures their trueness to name. This certified material is intended for use in a variety of forestry functions, including timber production, soil protection, and environmental criteria.

The OECD Scheme for the Control of Forest Reproductive Material Moving in International Trade is open to OECD members as well as to other states. To date, 29 participating countries implement the Scheme (including tropical countries developing their seed exchange for reforestation purposes). Seeds and plants are produced and officially controlled according to harmonised procedures.

The OECD Forest Seed and Plant Scheme defines four broad categories of forest reproductive material that are recognised for certification: 1) source-identified material (minimum standards); 2) material from selected stands located in well-delimited regions of provenance; 3) qualified material from untested seed orchards and 4) tested material from tested seed orchards or stands which can produce seed of improved quality.

OECD labels are used according to the category of the forest reproductive material they fall under. The labelled material is recognised internationally as “QUALITY GUARANTEED” and “OF CONTROLLED ORIGIN”. To date, the participating countries have approved 402 tree species that are eligible for OECD certification of reproductive material.

The rules were updated to reflect the growing commercial importance of new types of material derived from breeding programmes, including new forestry production and tree improvement techniques.

Seeds the forest The OECD Scheme for the Certification of Forest Reproductive Material seeks to encourage the production and use of forest tree seeds or plants that have been collected,

Seeds the forest

Better Forest Tree Seeds was started in 1975 by Edgar H. Palpant through his research in tree genetics while working at The Pennsylvania State University. At that time the nursery industry in Pennsylvania was striving to make progress by incorporating a larger variety of conifer species, especially in the production of Christmas Trees. The industry was looking for evergreens that would adapt well to the climate of the Northeastern United States.

These and other industry goals gave Edgar the opportunity to use his expansive knowledge of the Southwest Rocky Mountain range which was obtained by working with the U.S. Forest Service from 1948 through 1965. With this knowledge he gathered a variety of seed sources and brought them back east for testing. Our business continued to grow as the demand for a more consistent supply of seed was required. In 1993 the transition of ownership began from Edgar to Chris and Bob, owners of Tuckaway Tree Farm, Inc. They foresaw the benefits of blending the tree seed business with their experience in growing Christmas Trees and other landscape plants.

Today, we actively collect over 25 specific seed sources and purchase or import approximately another 25 for resale. Our goal has always been to understand tree growers problems, to sort out the genetic components and do our best to produce seed that will fit their ecological and economic needs. We work worldwide with both researchers and field foresters to produce the highest quality tree seeds both genetically and physiologically.

Thank you for your interest in our company.
Christopher P. Kiratzis & Robert A. Nicholl

In the photo above, Bob and Chris harvest seed from their Canaan Fir Seed Orchard located in Petersburg, Pennsylvania

Seeds the forest Better Forest Tree Seeds was started in 1975 by Edgar H. Palpant through his research in tree genetics while working at The Pennsylvania State University. At that time the