The NYSDEC tree nursery in Saratoga is currently collecting seeds and cones from private individuals. The deadline for all submissions is November 15, 2023.

The Colonel William F. Fox Memorial Saratoga Tree Nursery is the oldest state forest tree nursery in the country. The Nursery currently produces more than 1.5 million seedlings annually and maintains more than 200 acres of seed production areas and orchards located across the state. More than 6 million seedlings representing over 50 species are currently growing at the Nursery. By using local seed collected from around New York State, Nursery trees and shrubs are hardy and adapted to our state’s climatic condition.

For more information on how you can help, please visit, which features a link to a PDF with a complete list of species and ripening dates.

Staff from DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests sort bare-root seedlings at the Nursery during the annual spring sale/Photo NYSDEC