SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is seeking assistance from landowners, Registered Professional Foresters (RPFs), and natural resource professionals with its annual cone crop survey and cone collection efforts, including locating developing cone crops on native California Conifers.
These efforts support the CAL FIRE Seed Bank at the L.A. Moran Reforestation Center, whose mission is to maintain an adequate, reliable and continuous supply of high quality site adapted seed necessary to protect and enhance the genetic integrity and diversity of California forestlands. Identifying healthy trees for cone collection is an important first step to harvesting seeds for future reforestation needs.
Information about the 2021 Cone Crop Survey and Cone Collection Survey can be found here: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/cgafj541/2021-final-cal-fire-cone-survey-memo-public.pdf.
RPFs and other interested persons who would like to assist CAL FIRE in this endeavor should complete and return the Cone Crop Survey form by July 31, 2021.
For information about CAL FIRE’s L.A. Moran Reforestation Center, visit https://www.fire.ca.gov/…/landown…/reforestation-center/