Meet the Seed Ball scientists and learn how many trees the Boulder Jewish Community has planted to date!
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Thank you Volunteers!
JTree volunteers created the seed pellets (also called seed balls) using locally-collected ponderosa pine seeds. These balls were used in The Nature Conservancy’s Colorado re-forestation efforts, and in the spring, the seeds will germinate and trees will start to grow!
Why seed pellets (“Seed Balls”)?
- Innovative technology with seedpods – may make reforestation easier, faster, and cheaper.
- Usually, reforestation is a 2-3 year process. Seeding using pellets could reduce project time, as it eliminates the need for growth in a nursery
- Seeding may reduce costs and staffing needs of over-taxed land managers.
- Seed pellets can increase the scale of reforestation and close the gap on the widening tree deficit caused by wildfires.
- Drones can safely seed areas that are inaccessible to field crews, areas which are far from roads.
- Our seed pellets are designed to protect seeds from animals, but also to easily break down come spring, once there is a hard rain. Then, they dissolve, and the seeds are exposed. These are the precise conditions for germination.
- Once free from the seed pellet, ponderosa pine seeds need mineral soil – very rocky soil — that is continuously warm and moist in order to grow.