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Maryland again collecting black walnuts to be used as seedlings

October 01, 2007

Have you ever wondered where all the tree seedlings come from that are planted in Maryland?

This year, some could come from you.

As it did last year, the Forest Service office of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is hoping to collect bushels of nuts from local residents' black walnut trees this fall.

The nuts are needed as seedlings for trees that are planted throughout the state each year, said Kevin Moore, an area forest ranger.

Every year, about 6 million tree seedlings are grown at the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery near the town of Preston, Md., in Caroline County, Moore said in a news release.

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"About 47 species of trees and shrubs are grown at the nursery each year. Many of these seedlings are planted along streams to help improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay," he said.

If you can gather at least two bushels of walnuts for the state nursery, contact the Forest Service office in Washington County at 301-791-4010 or in Frederick County at 301-473-8417.

The nuts, which should be placed in plastic bags or boxes, will be picked up at people's homes until Oct. 22.

For more information, call Moore at 301-473-8417.

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