Virginians can help preserve tree species by collecting acorns and seeds from 12 species and delivering them to the office of the Virginia Department of Forestry at 900 Natural Resources Drive in Charlottesville (adjoining the Fontaine Research Park). Acorns and seeds must be received by October 10.
“Generally, the best time to collect acorns is the last week in September through the first week of October,” said Josh McLaughlin, nursery forester. “Lawns or paved areas are ideal collection sites. A single tree located in these areas makes identifying the acorns easier.”
The species most needed 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.
Use paper bags (no plastic bags) to hold the acorns or seed, identify the tree species on the bag, and do not combine acorn or seed from different tree species in the same bag.