One of the central tenets to the recovery and restoration of whitebark and limber pine, is the need to plant seedlings. Whitebark pine seed is available for purchase through the BC government Seedling Planning and Registry system for BC seed or by contacting us directly.
Seed originating in Alberta is also available upon request. Five-needled pine seed in AB is currently all stored in the conservation seed bank. To withdraw seed, a form and detailed plan is required, including location and use. A 2020 collection of Limber Pine seed was sourced for the Southern seed Zone. The 2021 collection is still in testing, however collections were made from 10 Whitebark in the Willmore (for use in the North, eg. Jasper, Mt. Robson), and 9 Limber from the south. Pricing is available upon request.
The table below shows current BC stock collected in 2018. We have also collected in the past year and seed stock is constantly being updated.
|Seed Planning Zone
|Potential Trees (in 1000’s)
BC seed is currently priced at $3000/kg, all helicopter-collected seed would be $4000/kg. Prices are subject to change.
All seed, including whitebark and limber pine, planted on Crown land in BC must meet the Chief Forester’s Standards for Use, be registered and stored with the Forest Improvement and Research Management Branch, and transferred within the Climate-Based Seed Transfer guidelines (CBST). Should you have questions regarding the standards or guidelines, or have questions about seed planning or BEC zones, see the above links for contacts. Also do note, that sometimes alternatives to the zoning may be approved.