Seed Planning and Registry Application (SPAR)

SPAR is a web-based information management system. It provides clients with direct online access to:

  • A Provincial Registry of Forest Tree Seed 
  • A comprehensive seedling request system for meeting annual reforestation needs

Main components

SPAR consists of three components:

  • Tree seed and vegetative lot registry
  • Requests
  • Reporting

Tree seed and vegetative lot registry

The application allows users to enter and maintain seed and vegetative lot information and queries.


Requests are entered through SPAR and downloaded to the Cone and Seed Processing System (CONSEP) at the Tree Seed Centre. SPAR guides the user through selection of a suitable lot in a request using the transfer rules found in the Chief Forester’s Standards for Seed Use.


SPAR enables users to generate reports in PDF format via submission screens. Data extracts can also be produced in MS Excel (CSV) format.

SPAR training and supplemental information

  • The SPAR Online Help Guide offers comprehensive help with screens and functions in the SPAR application;
  • This guide can be accessed on any page of SPAR for context-sensitive help by clicking on the HELP icon:

Click to Expand: Screenshot of SPAR application screen showing Help Menu link in the top right hand corner

The SPAR Quick Start Tutorial is a useful way to quickly "get up to speed" on all functions for first-time SPAR users. The tutorial can be completed in one sitting, or one module at a time.

Access the SPAR Quick Start Tutorial

The SPAR Reports Matrix (PDF, 37.4KB) describes groups of reports and will help you determine which report, in that grouping, might fit your needs. Report groupings are:

  • Seedlot Reports
  • Vegetative Lot Reports
  • Seedling Request Reports
  • Extract Reports
  • Print Reports

The seedlot selection tool is a web application that clients can use to find seedlots that fit using CBST or to see the areas in which a seedlot can be used. Please refer to the instructions tab to learn how to properly use and interpret the tool. Version 6 of the Seedlot Selection Tool has increased functionality in which users are able to upload a zipped shapefile of their cut blocks to the map.