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