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UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery & Urban Forestry Program

The UMass Extension Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program helps to educate landscape, nursery and turf professionals by providing programs and research-based information on the best horticultural practices and technology for environmental stewardship in nursery and landscape management.

According to a July 28, 2020, press release from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) and Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, residents of Massachusetts who receive or have received an unsolicited package of seeds should not plant the seeds and should contact state plant regulatory officials using a form on MDAR’s website. 

For more information, go to: https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-residents-asked-to-report-receipt-of-any-unsolicited-packages-of-seeds.

For Massachusetts residents – Please submit a report to the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources at: https://www.mass.gov/forms/receipt-of-unsolicited-seeds

For residents of other states – Please contact your specific state's State Plant Health Director (to find the SPHD in your state, search: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/ppq-program-overview/ct_sphd).

While operations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been curtailed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UMass Extension has developed a listing of resources for commercial horticulture interests in Massachusetts including landscapers, turf managers, arborists, nurseries, garden centers, and greenhouse producers.