Strong, healthy forests start with high-quality seedlings.
We are retailing conifer seedlings through our partnership with the Idaho Forest Owners Association. Genetically enhanced seedlings are available for some species, please call for further inquiries. For larger planting jobs (1,000 trees or more) we can also quote tree planting labor for a price for a tree “in the ground”.
See below price list and call or email in your order today to lock in your trees for April 2023 planting.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the timeline for seedling sales?
We sell seedlings with a 1-day pickup date in mid-April for spring planting from our office on Bodie Canyon Road in Priest River. The specific date of pickup is listed on our seedling order form. Seedlings are grown 18 months in advance so supply is limited – lock your order in today!
What tree species should I plant on my site?
We usually recommend planting a mix of species using the guidelines below. Western larch is the “bread and butter” of north Idaho tree planting with fast early growth, good survival, and suitability for most soils in the region.
Western larch overview
Western larch (sometimes called tamarack) is suitable for most sites except for dry, rocky ridges dominated by ponderosa pine. Larch responds well to planting and usually has fast growth in the first year and good planting survival.
This species is also resistant to root rot diseases making it a good choice to replace diseased grand fir following a harvest. Larch needs plenty of sun for the best growth, so planting is best in open areas or burned slash piles rather than beneath a canopy.
White pine overview
White pine is a good choice for wet, productive sites that have cedar or hemlock as indicator species. White pine does not have fast early growth compared to larch, but over a 40-year timber rotation, it will produce more board foot volume per acre than any other native Idaho conifer.
All JDFM white pine is genetically bred to be resistant to white pine blister rust, the most severe disease affecting this species. After planting make sure you plan for pruning the trees in 10 years or so to manage the risk of blister rust.
Ponderosa pine overview
Ponderosa pine is adapted to the driest sites in Idaho, especially thin-soiled ridges and south or west-facing aspects. It is resistant to root rot diseases so is often a good choice to replace diseased Douglas-fir on these dry sites.
Dry sites like this often need herbicide site preparation to deal with tough brush competition. Spring deer and elk browsing of the seedlings can also be an issue so planning for seedling bud capping is also a good idea.
Douglas-fir is very adaptable and is suitable for essentially all soil types in north Idaho. On dry south or west facing sites Douglas-fir is very vulnerable to deer and elk browsing in the spring and often needs bud capping.
Douglas-fir is susceptible to root rot diseases, so if root rot was a problem on your site before harvesting then planting a high percentage of Douglas-fir may cause the same issues.
Western redcedar overview
Cedar produces very valuable wood and is the “money tree” in north Idaho. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to regenerate cedar with planting.
Cedar is extremely susceptible to deer and elk browse, so if you plan on planting cedar then also plan on tree tubing or deer fencing the area. Cedar prefers wet, productive sites with partial shade, so planting areas with some overstory canopy or shade from adjacent stands will generally have better survival.
Why Choose JD Forest Management?
Hire a professional forester to manage your logging operation
Our professional foresters have 4-year degrees providing a technical background in forest diseases, silviculture (the science of growing trees), logging operations, reforestation, and much more. A timber harvest may happen on a property only once every 15-20 years so make sure you use a trusted professional to get it done right!
Over 40 Years of experience
We have been managing private forestlands in northern Idaho, eastern Washington, and northwestern Montana for over 40 years. Including Boundary County, Bonner County, Kootenai County, Benewah County, Shoshone County, Latah County, Clearwater County, Idaho County, Stevens County, Pend Oreille County, Spokane County, Lincoln County, and Sanders County.
Insurance and Contracts
We use strong legal contracts drafted by attorneys for all forestry contract work. This protects the landowner from liability and makes the work specifications clear to all parties. We are insured and make sure all contractors provide proof of insurance as well.
We manage 10,000+ acres of timberland at present
No project is too big and we definitely have the capability to help you manage your forest no matter if it’s 10 acres or 1,000 acres!
Experience You Can Trust
We have the forestry training, experience, and capabilities to handle any forest management project. We are passionate about helping private landowners achieve their goals and we love keeping our local forests healthy and growing!
Schedule a site visit with a forester to discuss your goals and objectives for your property. After the site visit, we will outline the steps required to reach your goals and provide pricing for each service. Feel free to learn more about our process or schedule a site visit today.
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