Virginia forestry officials seeking nuts, acorns


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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia Department of Forestry is asking landowners to share their acorns and nuts.

The department is looking for 12 species of nuts and acorns to be planted at its Augusta Forestry Center.

“Some acorns and nuts can be difficult to find in the region surrounding the tree nursery in Augusta County, and purchasing acorns can be expensive,” Assistant Forestry Center Manager Joshua McLaughlin. “Each year we ask Virginia landowners to collect acorns so that we can use them for planting hardwood trees in our nursery. By next year, those acorns will have grown into seedlings that landowners across the state can then purchase to plant on their property.”

The species the tree nursery needs this year are: black oak, black walnut, Chinese chestnut, chestnut oak, Northern red oak, pin oak, sawtooth oak, Southern red oak, swamp chestnut oak, swamp white oak, white oak and willow oak.

The department is asking landowners to follow these guidelines about collecting nuts and acorns:

  • During September and early October, it is easy to pick up nuts in many yards and parking lots. Try to avoid trees in more heavily forested areas because there may be different species of trees nearby, making it difficult to sort the nuts by species for proper planting. It doesn’t matter if acorns still have the caps on them or not.
  • Place the nuts in a breathable sack or bag (no plastic, please). Minimize debris in the bag (e.g. leaves, sticks, gravel). On the bag, please label the species and date of collection.
  • Once the nuts are collected, place in a cool area (like a fridge or basement) until you are ready to drop them off at a VDOF office. Nuts must be delivered to a VDOF office by Oct. 17.

Anyone with questions can contact Joshua MacLaughlin at the Augusta Forestry Center at 540-363-7000.

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