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Delaware volunteers collect acorns to restore habitat

From Delaware Dept of Natural Resources & Environmental Control

-- At Delaware's recent Annual Acorn Collection Day, 157 volunteers joined agency biologists to collect nearly 660 pounds of acorns that will be scattered in reforestation areas to establish new wildlife habitat.

More than 400 pounds were also collected by landowners on their properties and donated to the Division.
 
"We were fortunate to have an excellent crop of acorns this year, and had a record number of volunteers," said Lynne Staub, coordinator for the event. "With the assistance of collection day volunteers and donations from landowners, this year's collection was a great success with a final count averaging 1,060 pounds of acorns.

The oak trees produced from these acorns will be used in reforestation efforts at the Norman G. Wilder and Blackbird Reserve Wildlife Areas. These areas provide valuable habitat in food and shelter for many native wildlife species."
 
This year marked the Division of Fish and Wildlife's 6th annual event. More than 3,360 pounds of acorns have been gathered since the event was introduced in 2005.
 
This year's collection day was made possible by volunteer support of people from throughout the state and by assistance from DNREC's Division of Parks and Recreation - Lums Pond and Holts Landing State Parks, and DelDOT - Smyrna Rest Area, for the collection sites.  
 
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.

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