Students listen to information about the operation of the SilvaGro Tree Nursery. Photo: Charlene Nelson

Students get up-close look at SilvaGro Tree Nursery near Walhachin

Children have had three visits to site, with one more still to come

Over the last few months, the Ashcroft/Cache Creek Homeschoolers have been taking a four-part tour of the SilvaGro Tree Nursery near Walhachin. One of the things the kids learned was that the Juniper Beach Nursery can successfully grow 29,000,000 to 30,000,000 saplings every year.

The first trip to the nursery was in May, when the kids got a tour of the whole property and they sowed blocks of lodgepole pine, spruce, and larch seeds. The next trip was in July, when they returned and were able to see how much their trees had grown. They were also able to learn about things such as tree attributes, growth rate, tree size, and sun and soil preferences.

Their third trip was in September, when SilvaGro hosted a delicious barbecue meal for the kids and their families. The kids were shocked to see how much their trees had grown since May. They watched the machinery extract the seedlings from their blocks, learned about the conveyor system and how the workers have to sort out the trees that do not make the cut, and wrapped groups of 15 trees together to take home. They children will plant some trees in their own yards, as well as in some of the burned areas around town.

In November the kids will go back for the fourth and final part of the tour, where they will be able to see the tree harvesting in action; the busiest time of year for the tree nursery. Employees will be busy extracting the trees and packing them up to ship north to Quesnel for cold storage.

The SilvaGro Juniper Beach nursery successfully grew its first crop of 3.5 million 1+0 spring plant pine seedlings in 2002. The nursery was constructed in order to produce low cost, high quality spring plant pine seedlings. The exceptional climate allows all the seedlings to be outdoor grown, and the high light levels and low humidity of the site promote healthy, well-balanced seedlings.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Students inspect seedlings at the SilvaGro Tree Nursery. Photo: Charlene Nelson

Just Posted

Highway 99 reopened to traffic following movement at 10 Mile Slide site

Drivers urged to use caution, watch for work crews in area

Freezing rain warning issued for central Interior Remembrance Day

Highway alerts in place for Begbie Summitt and Pine Pass

BCTF rejects mediator’s recommendations for settlement

Negotiations between B.C. teachers and the province will continue

Kamloops RCMP look for witnesses of fatal crash

Police are searching for a woman who was on scene at the time of the collision

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

Group walking on thin ice at B.C. lake sparks warning from RCMP

At least seven people were spotted on Joffre Lakes, although the ice is not thick enough to be walked on

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

B.C. teacher suspended for incessantly messaging student, writing friendship letter

Female teacher pursued Grade 12 student for friendship even after being rebuked

Disney Plus streaming service hits Canada with tech hurdles

Service costs $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year, in Canada

Trudeau’s opponents: One gives him an earful, another seeks common ground

PM meets with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe

Rona’s ‘truly Canadian’ ads are inaccurate, watchdog says

Ads Standards points out U.S.-based Lowe’s acquired Rona in 2016

Brian Burke considered favourite to replace Don Cherry

Brian Burke is the 5-4 pick to be the full-time replacement next season

Most Read