The Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands has made a great recovery after the fires from a few years ago and it's all thanks to their large supply of pine cones.
The Bessey Nursery collects and stores seeds from all different kinds of pine cones. If somewhere in Nebraska or its surrounding states loses trees to fires or beetles, they can ship out the seeds and repair the damage.
"The Ranger District within region two, if they have a sowing request, which we get over one million requests every single year from them to produce conifers to go back into the burn areas and areas that were damaged by the bark beetle." said Nursery Manager Richard Gilbert.
This year the nursery ended up collecting about two thousand pounds of seeds to save or distribute, which is good considering that some cones only become available to store every eight to fifteen years.