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Citizens of the Commonwealth can do their part – one bag at a time – to preserve native trees. The Virginia Department of Forestry is seeking acorn and seed collectors from across the state this fall.


In a statement, the department said the most sought-after trees are : Alleghany Chinkapin; Chinese Chestnut; Hazelnut; Black Oak; Chestnut Oak; Northern Red Oak; Pin Oak; Swamp Chestnut Oak; Swamp White Oak; White Oak; Willow Oak, and Black Walnut.


“Generally, the best time to collect acorns is the last week in September through the first week of October,” said Josh McLaughlin, nursery forester. “Every bag of acorns and seed collected by citizens will help us keep Virginia beautiful.”

He said that lawns and paved areas make identifying the species easier for collectors. Labeled paper bags of acorns and seeds will be taken through October 10.


Tips for collecting acorns & seeds



Make sure the tree is correctly identified
Try to keep as much trash (sticks, leaves, gravel, etc.) out as possible
It doesn’t matter if acorns still have the caps on them or not
Collect from single trees on lawns or paved areas, not forest
use paper bags (no plastic bags) to hold the acorns or seed
identify the tree species on the bag
don’t combine acorn or seed from different tree species in the same bag

The nearest VDOF office to the Tri-Cities is located at 19127 Sandy Hill Rd., Courtland.

Randi Hausken/Flickr
http://owl.li/AZFTC

Citizens of the Commonwealth can do their part – one bag at a time – to preserve native trees. The Virginia Department of Forestry is seeking acorn and seed collectors from across the state this fall.

In a statement, the department said the most sought-after trees are : Alleghany Chinkapin; Chinese Chestnut; Hazelnut; Black Oak; Chestnut Oak; Northern Red Oak; Pin Oak; Swamp Chestnut Oak; Swamp White Oak; White Oak; Willow Oak, and Black Walnut.

“Generally, the best time to collect acorns is the last week in September through the first week of October,” said Josh McLaughlin, nursery forester. “Every bag of acorns and seed collected by citizens will help us keep Virginia beautiful.”
He said that lawns and paved areas make identifying the species easier for collectors. Labeled paper bags of acorns and seeds will be taken through October 10.

Tips for collecting acorns & seeds

Make sure the tree is correctly identified Try to keep as much trash (sticks, leaves, gravel, etc.) out as possible It doesn’t matter if acorns still have the caps on them or not Collect from single trees on lawns or paved areas, not forest use paper bags (no plastic bags) to hold the acorns or seed identify the tree species on the bag don’t combine acorn or seed from different tree species in the same bag

The nearest VDOF office to the Tri-Cities is located at 19127 Sandy Hill Rd., Courtland.