Cone & Seed Fee Schedule

The Tree Seed Centre prepares invoices, typically on a quarterly basis.

Domestic Surplus Seed Prices

The following prices apply to the sale of ministry seed purchased on an individual sowing request basis.

Seed Orchard Seed


Species

Species Code

Price per kg of seed

Average Germination


Cedar, western red

Cw

$8,000

82%

Douglas-fir: (genetic worth 2-6%)

Fd

$2,500

90%

Douglas-fir: (genetic worth >7%)

Fd

$4,000

90%

Hemlock, western

Hw

$7,000

91%

Larch, western

Lw

$3,500

88%

Pine, lodgepole

Pl

$8,500

93%

Pine, ponderosa

Py

$2,500

87%

Pine, western white

Pw

$2,500

88%

Spruce, interior

Sx

$4,400

90%

Spruce, Sitka

Ss

$4,000

92%


 

Natural Stand Seed


Species

Species Code

Price per kg of seed

Average Germination


Cedar, western red

Cw

$1,355

82%

Cedar, yellow (cypress)

Yc

$3,007

40%

Douglas-fir, Coastal

Fdc

$750

90%

Douglas-fir, Coastal (1966 crop)

Fdc

$428

80%

Douglas-fir, Interior

Fdi

$557

90%

Fir, grand

Bg

$194

80%

Fir, Pacific silver (amabilis)

Ba

$242

76%

Fir, subalpine

Bl

$387

63%

Hemlock, mountain

Hm

$1,779

88%

Hemlock, western

Hw

$1,392

91%

Larch, western

Lw

$1,525

88%

Pine, lodgepole Coastal

Plc

$1,234

93%

Pine, lodgepole Interior

Pli

$1,482

93%

Pine, western white

Pw

$908

88%

Pine, ponderosa

Py

$242

91%

Spruce, Sitka

Ss

$811

92%

Spruce, other

Sx

$668

90%


*The schedule prices remain unchanged. However, the price of wild stand seedlots collected after 2003 will be based on the cost of procuring the seedlot, as costs can vary considerably based on the collection area, method (for example, ground vs. helicopter) and seed quality. This is in keeping with section 4 of this schedule. 

Germination Price Adjustment

If the percent germination of a seedlot is the same or higher than the average listed in the tables, there is no adjustment to the price.

If the percent germination of a seedlot is lower than the average in the tables, the following adjustment formula will apply.

Price Variations

The ministry may set different prices for seed if

  • there is no seed price listed for the species and source;
  • the ministry acquired the seed for a price different from that listed in the tables above;
  • the seed was produced to specifications requested by a client which required additional resources to produce, collect or process; or
  • the seed is sold as part of a bulk sale or seed supply agreement.

Cone and Seed Service Fees

This schedule contains fees for the following services offered at the ministry’s Tree Seed Centre:

1. Cone and Seed Processing
2. Seed Testing
3. Seed Preparation 
4. Seed Withdrawal and Transport
5. Other Services

This fee schedule does not apply to services rendered in registering and storing seed in accordance with the prescribed requirements under the Forest and Range Practices Act and Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, including associated seed testing, withdrawal, and transport.

Cone and Seed Processing

Basic Processing Fees


Type of Seedlot

Fee per Request


Standard (bulk)

$115

Family

$85

Split

$70

Off-site processed

$70


 

Basic seedlot charges are divided equally among owners.

Processing Fees by Species

In addition to the Basic Processing Fees, the following fees apply:


Species

Fees 
$/Hectolitre Cones


Pine, white, whitebark & limber

$50

Pine, lodgepole (interior & coast)
Spruce, interior

$57

Douglas-fir (interior & coast)

$63

Pine, ponderosa

$68

Cedar, western red 
Cedar, yellow
Larch spp. 
Alder spp.
Birch spp.

$74

Hemlock, western
Hemlock, mountain

$81

Spruce, black

$87

Fir, amabilis, grand, sub-alpine

$136


Multi-agency seedlot charges are apportioned by volume owned.

Services provided for the above fees include:

  • pre-collection cone and seed evaluations
  • pre-treatment, conditioning and storage of cones
  • kiln, wind and/or ambient drying of cones
  • tumbling and/or screening to extract and recover seeds
  • seed cleaning, de-winging and separation to specified purity, moisture, filled seed and homogeneity standards
  • mixing, labelling, and bagging of seed
  • cone and seed inspections performed throughout the process
  • removal of waste cones and burlaps sacks
  • On processing completion, observations, results and any recommendations are reported to clients. Problems may be reported to clients at any stage during processing.

Every effort to process seedlots on a priority basis is made providing the seedlot in question can tolerate expedited processing.

Priority Processing Fees

Where clients request that a seedlots processing be fast tracked so that it is immediately available (for example, Crown land reforestation), an additional fee of $150 per lot will be applied.

Additional Handling Fees 

Where atypical effort is required to receive and/or process seedlots, a fee of $50 for each hour of additional handling will be applied (e.g.) unorganized and/or unpalletized cone shipments; seedlots containing excessive amounts of debris and mould.

Seed Testing

If clients wish to request additional or family lot testing, the following per test charges apply. The Tree Seed Centre offers these services using International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) standards and protocols.

Germination Tests


Species

Fee per Test*


Douglas-fir (interior & coast)
Pine, lodgepole (interior & coast)
Pine, ponderosa
Spruce spp.

$30

Alder spp.
Birch spp.
Cedar, western red
Aspen

$34

Fir, grand

$54

Hemlock, western & mountain
Larch, western & subalpine

$40

Cedar, yellow
Pine, white, whitebark & limber
Fir, amabilis, grand & subalpine

$64


 

* Preferred test type will be selected for germination tests.

Other Tests


Type of Test

Fee per Test*


Purity

$20

Moisture content

$5

Seed weight (seeds per gram)

$16

Fungal assays Fees based on contractor's rates

 

Sampling

A sampling fee of $11 will be added when one or more tests are requested against a seedlot.

Seed Preparation

Seed Stratification


Length/Type of Treatment

Fee per Request


3 to 6 weeks

$26

Extended stratification*

$36

Yellow cedar stratification

$118

Dry

$13


 

*True firs, white pine, yellow cedar and requests for more than 6 weeks stratification duration.

Stratification services provided for above fees include:

  • running water soak
  • surface drying where appropriate
  • chilling
  • re-dry techniques used for Abies spp.
  • testing and inspection throughout the process.

Seed Pelleting

Seed pellet services are provided on contract and the Tree Seed Centre facilitates this process and tests and inspects the final product. Fees for pelleting species other than Western red cedar will be based on contractor rates. Fees for western red cedar pelleting are as follows:

  • $100 per request plus $0.25 per gram to be pelleted up to a request weight of 740 grams. For requests where the pre-pellet weight is greater than 740 grams, a flat rate of $285 per request will apply. Fees for pelleting services for Alder and other species will be based on contractor’s rates.

Seed Withdrawal and Transport

Seed withdrawal and transport services are provided at the following charges:


Service

Fee per Request


Withdrawal

$11

Shipping $5*

 
Services provided for these fees includes withdrawal, packaging and labelling of seed in a secure carton containing a freezer pack, weigh bill, and couriered by overnight delivery (standard government carrier).

There continues to be no charge for withdrawal and shipping of requests for Crown land reforestation, education and research.

* minimum charge per individual shipment is $10. Clients should advise the Tree Seed Centre directly if other than standard shipping methods are preferred and if so, shipments will be forwarded "collect".

Other Services

Fees for other services are:


Service

Fee per Hour


Additional seedlot handling
Seedlot upgrading
Family lot blending
Small lot cone and seed processing
Special requests

$50/hour


Notes:
  • An Invoice Statement (FS70) is prepared and forwarded to clients on completion of services.
  • All fees are subject to HST.
  • Charges are billed directly to the requesting agency unless the Tree Seed Centre is otherwise directed in writing.