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Boreal Horticultural Services can provide a complete reforestation service that includes:




Planting Prescriptions

Using pre-disturbance information provided by the client and visual evaluation of the site characteristics, our forestry staff can develop a planting prescription that provides planting densities, tree and shrub species and the spatial distribution of the stock on site.  The reforestation plan will be developed to meet the client’s Revegetation Plan or the 2010 Reclamation Criteria for Wellsites and Associated Facilities for Forested Lands.

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Seed Collection

The first step in growing reforestation stock for Alberta’s Green Zone is sourcing seed or vegetative material that meets the requirements of Alberta Forest Genetic Resource Management and Conservation Standards Manual (August, 2009).  For conifer species typically planted by Alberta’s forest industry, seed can often to be sourced.  However, for many deciduous tree and shrub species, seed or vegetative material may need to be collected before reforestation stock can be grown.  The timing of  seed collection will then need to be built into the reforestation plan.


Since many of Boreal Horticultural Services’ clients operate in seed zone CM3.1, we maintain a supply of seed for all of the tree species and many shrubs found within this zone.

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Seedling Production

Seedlings supplied by Boreal are grown at the Bonnyville Forest Nursery to exact specifications.  The nursery has developed propagation techniques for a wide range of native tree and shrub species so that Boreal can provide a diverse species mix to its clients, similar to that found pre-disturbance.


See the Seedling Growing Schedules and Stocktypes page for information on seedling ordering information and timelines.

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Seedling Storage, Conditioning, and Transport to Site 

Spring Dormant Seedlings

Bonnyville Forest Nursery operates freezer storage facilities on site for overwintering seedlings.  Seedlings are stored at -3 degrees Celsius from harvest in November until the client requests the stock for planting in the spring.  Proximity to the planting area makes it relatively easy for clients to have the seedlings transported to their sites in minimal time.


Prior to planting the stock must be conditioned by thawing the seedlings in controlled conditions.  The thawing process can take up to 5 days.  For this reason, the nursery requires a 5 day notice prior to pickup in order to ensure that all of the stock has thawed prior to reaching the planting site.


If Boreal is providing stock and planting services, we will coordinate delivery to the planting site with the planting contractor.  Seedling stock is transported in specially designed insulated seedlings transport units fitted onto crew cab trucks.  This allows us to maximize seedling health during transportation to site and minimize the logistical issues of transporting crews.


Summer Hotlift Seedlings

Summer hotlift seedlings are conditioned for planting while in the growing facility.  Seedlings are harvested as close as possible to the planting date and held in a cooler facilty at the nursery  until pickup.


If Boreal is providing stock and planting services, we will coordinate delivery to the planting site with the planting contractor.

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Site Planting

Shakti Reforestation provides dedicated oilfield planting crews generally consisting of one supervisor overseeing five planters.  The tree planters come to us with a high degree of reclamation and reforestation experience.  They are physically fit for the job and have received extensive health and safety training and client orientations.  We maintain a Short Service Worker program to mentor and monitor new planters and guarantee that each new planter has at least one experienced planter to oversee their work.


Shakti Reforestation is able to provide off-road vehicles to transport planters and seedlings to sites not serviced by high grade roads.  The crews have experience with helicopter shows.


Call for planting rates.

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Post-planting Assessments

Reforested sites should be monitored for a period after planting to ensure that the reforestation is on track to meet the requirements of the client’s Revegetation Plan or  the 2010 Reclamation Criteria.  There are many factors that influence the success of seedling establishment including summer and fall moisture conditions, the amount of snow cover in the early years, and the amount of competing vegetation. 


Boreal can provide post planting evaluations and recommendations for any remedial action to ensure successful reforestation establishment.

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Bonnyville Forest Nursery

The Bonnyville Forest Nursery (BFN) grows 15 million seedlings annually for the reforestation, reclamation and horticultural industries.  The nursery has developed an expertise in growing native coniferous and deciduous trees and shrubs to reclaim oil and gas disturbances.  The nursery uses several methods of propagation including seed, hardwood cuttings, softwood cuttings and tissue culture. 


By working with a local nursery, Boreal can be involved in all stages of stock production, from sowing to harvest, on behalf of its clients.


Shakti Reforestation

Shakti Reforestation is a planting contractor with a reputation in the reforestation and reclamation industry for reliability and quality.  They have several years' experience planting oil and gas disturbances with a diverse mix of native species.  This allows Boreal to execute the fairly complex multispecies prescriptions required to successfully reclaim oil and gas leases.  Shakti provides a dedicated planting crew whose members carry the requisite safety certificates for Boreal’s oilfield clients.



  • Canadian Land Reclamation Association
  • Alberta Native Plant Council
  • Woodlot Association of Alberta
  • Aberta Sand and Gravel Association