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Acorn collection season is here

As the temperatures drop as summer transitions to fall, foresters and staff at the Virginia Department of Forestry will soon be gathering and sorting this year’s acorn crop in preparation for growing the next generation of trees.

Every year, Virginians from all over the state collect and donate acorns and other seeds that VDOF staff plant at the Augusta Nursery, where more than a dozen hardwood tree species get their start. Successful seedlings are later sold to Virginia landowners, typically to reforest open lands. Trees that begin from homegrown acorns, nuts and seeds are much more likely to thrive in Virginia’s climate.

Collection guidelines remain primarily the same as last year, with some minor adjustments to the deadline and species list. Those wishing to participate are asked to drop off acorns at any VDOF office location by Oct. 14. The Gloucester office is located at 7064 Ware House Road. It can be reached at 804-693-2880.

This year, VDOF’s collection priorities are:...

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