SPAR Nursery

Overview of Nursery

The Seed Planning and Registry System (SPAR) provides nursery users with online access to the provincial registry for forest tree seed, a gene resource inventory management tool, and a seedling ordering system for reforestation needs.

In SPAR, you can add and update the Sowing Dates for your nursery as well as run the Latest Sowing Date report for your nursery.

For demos of how to use the Nursery, view Tutorials Demonstrations.

his section will look at the basic steps required to search for a nursery request.

Step-by-Step Instructions


Select the Search tab and select Nursery Search from the options.


Enter data into the search fields. The search has no mandatory fields, so you can search on which ever criteria you know. If you leave all the search fields blank the search results will show all nurseries. The more search parameters you enter the more precise your search results become. The data in the search fields can be entered in whichever fields and in whatever order you like.


Click the Search button. Examine the search results. The results are sorted alphabetically by Nursery Acronym.

Nursery Acronym

Each Nursery has a unique acronym which is based on the Client Number and Location Code and can be up to 8 characters long. Many of the nurseries have only one location (with a location code of 000), so the nursery acronym is the same as the client acronym. In the case where a nursery has more than one location, the nursery acronym includes a unique location identifier.

Now that you have learned how to search for a nursery request, click Forward to learn how to update and add sowing dates.

Accessing The Latest Sowing Dates Screen

SPAR has a single screen which allows you to efficiently view and update the sowing dates applicable to your nursery. To access this screen, log onto SPAR, using your Nursery assigned user name and password and navigate to the Admin Tab. Now select Nursery Maintenance and Latest Sowing Date.

Using the Latest Sowing Dates Screen

You will notice that this screen is divided into two sections, top portion and bottom portion.

Top portion - the top portion of the screen contains the parameters for the sowing dates. You should use these fields to enter search criteria for your Sowing Dates. For example, if you know you have already entered Sowing Dates for your nursery for a Species, but can't remember which Season, then simply:

  • Select your Nursery
  • Enter the Species
  • Click the Go Button

All Sowing Dates for your Nursery for that Species will display in the bottom portion of the screen.

View a sample of the top portion of the Latest Sowing Dates Screen

Bottom portion - the bottom portion of the screen allows you to perform two functions:

Update existing Sowing Dates for your nursery
Add new Sowing Date information for your nursery

View a sample of the bottom portion of the Latest Sowing Dates Screen

Nurseries wishing to be efficient with seed can adjust seed on the Nursery Grams Adjustment Screen. Nurseries can select sowing requests and bring these up on one common screen where gram quantity can be adjusted downwards.
To adjust grams of nursery seed, logon to SPAR and follow these steps:

Step-by-Step Instructions


Select the Requests  tab and select Nursery Grams Adjustment from the options.


You can select sowing request based on any one of a number criteria. You must enter at least one of the following fields:

  • Request ID
  • Assigned Nursery
  • Request Agency


If you enter the Request ID all other criteria will be ignored.


Click the Go button to display request information at the bottom of the screen. If there are multiple requests that match your criteria, then each is displayed in a separate row.


To modify the grams associated with a request, click the Update button. The grams will be displayed in an editable field. You can reduce the number of grams in this field and then click the Save button to save your changes to the data.



Clicking the Details button will open the Seedling Request Screen which provides detailed information on the specific seedling request.

Now that you have read about updating your nursery grams, click Forward to see how to adjust grams of nursery seed for your nursery.