Northern Pulp Forest Nursery
- Northern Pulp’s forest nursery presently produces and ships approximately 6 million seedlings annually. Annual capacity is about 8 million trees.
- Approximately 5 million seedlings from our nursery are planted annually on the following land tenures Northern Pulp company owned, crown leased lands, and private lands with funding provided by Northern Pulp through their private land silviculture program.
- We supply an additional 1 million seedlings to other forest companies in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick each year.
- All seedlings are started from genetically improved seed, the majority which comes from our on site seed orchards.
- Nursery growing facilities consist of 29 greenhouses (1.0 hectare) and 2.6 hectares of outside irrigated growing pads.
- The nursery employs approximately twenty-two (22) seasonal staff performing such jobs as seeding, thinning, grading, fertilizing, shipping and root pruning the seedlings.
- Seedlings are reared using a “jiffy” mesh wall container system, which allows for improved root
growth in plantations.
- Tree species grown at the nursery include white, red and black spruce, red and white pine,
hybrid larch, and balsam fir.
Tree Improvement Program and Seed Orchards
- Northern Pulp Nova Scotia is an active member of the Nova Scotia Tree Improvement Working Group, a cooperative involved in the selection, propagating, and progeny testing of forest tree species.
- We have in excess of 17 hectares of first and second generation orchards in white, black, and Norway spruce and Japanese larch, propagated from grafts and/or seedlings, solely for the production of genetically improved seed for our nursery.
- Northern Pulp has in excess of 46 hectares of forest progeny tests (57 tests) from our orchard material, established on lands throughout Nova Scotia. Results from these tests are being currently used to (1) remove less productive orchard material, and (2) provide material to propagate second generation orchards.
- Through testing and selection of the orchard populations, significant improvements are currently being realized in the areas of plantation growth and yield, insect resistance, and adaptation to changing environmental conditions.