Volunteers Collect More than 350 Pounds of Acorns to Restore Wildlife Habitat in Delaware

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At DNREC’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Annual Acorn Collection Day, 163 volunteers joined with agency biologists to collect 231 pounds of acorns that will be scattered in reforestation areas to establish new wildlife habitat. In addition, 122 pounds were collected by landowners on their properties and donated to the Division.

“Our collection totals were a little lower this year, but it is not uncommon to have ‘boom and bust’ years for acorn production. We are fortunate to continue to have such a great volunteer turn-out at this event each year and we are pleased with this year’s collection,” said Lynne Staub, Division of Fish and Wildlife coordinator for the event.

“With the assistance of collection day volunteers and donations from landowners, this year’s collection was a success, with a final count totaling 353 pounds of acorns. The acorns will be used in reforestation efforts at the Blackbird Reserve and Cedar Swamp Wildlife Areas. These areas provide valuable habitat – food and shelter – for many native wildlife species,” Staub added.

Volunteers collected acorns from areas at each site where seedlings would not generally be able to grow, including mowed areas along trail edges, open spaces and roadsides. The acorns will be scattered in reforestation areas.

This year marked the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 7th annual event, with more than 3,713 pounds of acorns collected since Acorn Collection Day was introduced in 2005.

This year’s collection day was made possible by the support of volunteers from throughout the state and by assistance from DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation – Rockford Park and Trap Pond State Park, and DelDOT – Smyrna Rest Area, for the collection sites. 

For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, visit www.fw.delaware.gov/volunteers or contact Lynne Staub, 302-735-3600 or Lynne.Staub@state.de.us

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Retired2hunt's picture

  I can hear a lot of

 

I can hear a lot of squirrels screaming! 

Definitely a great project and with the ability to spread 353 pounds of acorns in these couple of areas will provide future trees, wildlife homes, and food to further ensure the continuance of the animals in the area - and maybe even generate new animals that had been previously gone from the area.  Even with a 50% loss to animals feeding on them this should still generate a great deal of future saplings.

 

numbnutz's picture

This is a really nice program

This is a really nice program they have started. I would have never thaught to do anything like this. It's pretty neat they have collected over 3700 pounds of acorns since this started 2005. Instead of just letting the nuts go to waste rotting on the ground they are putting them to good use and bettering the habitat for their deer and other animals. We have some acorn trees is our region however they are in the Valley and I have never seen one in the mountain areas. I wish the ODFW would do something like this in the lower elevations where the trees could grow. It would provide better habitat for our deer herd and possibly increase the chance of getting one of our elusive black tails. I say good job to the state for starting this program and a thank you to all of the volunteers who take time out of their lives to collect the acorns for this restoration project. Without them this couldn't happen.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

I know where I would be

I know where I would be setting my stand for the upcoming season... Wink

That's a pretty cool thing to do.  I hadn't thought of gathering acorns and spreading them out to try to repopulate an area.  3700 poinds of acorns since the event started?  That's alot of nuts!!!

Even though it will take years to see the fruits of their efforts, it's a great thing for them to do.  It would be neat to see it take off in other places.  I guess I had never thought about it before, about what to do with acornds in my yard, or along a path where they would not be able to grow.  Usually they just get chopped up by the mower.

Glad they found a use for them.