Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toolbox

Tool Details

Management of forest nurseries

Author Harrison, A.
Year of publication 1992
This manual is intended to assist field staff in the operation and supervision of nurseries for Community Forestry or on-farm private planting. It is particularly suitable for use by organisations encouraging forestry activities at village level. Good management of nurseries is fundamental to producing good quality seedlings and good quality seedlings are the foundation of any planting programme, community, private or Government sponsored. Considerable investment has been made in developing nurseries throughout Nepal to assist Community Forestry plantation programmes. While the major emphasis in activities is now shifting to management of natural forest, nurseries will continue to play a vital role in promoting on-farm planting and enrichment planting of degraded forests. Restoration of forest on bare ground that has lost its forest cover will only be achieved through plantation. Dry, warm southern slopes particularly, need to be established in plantation to create the underwood environment that might allow fodder species to re-establish and grow. This manual is an attempt to ensure that for anyone who wishes to grow quality seedlings there are clearly explained nursery techniques in easy to follow instructions that can be understood by the less literate.
Type of Tool
Guidelines, manual, kits for trainers
Scale of Application
Forest Management Unit
Forest Type
All forest types (natural and planted)
Primary Designated Function
Management Responsibility
Community/Smallholders, Other (NGO, CSO, education/research institution, etc.)