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Md. forest service collecting black walnuts for tree nursery

September 30, 2011

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources-Forest Service, needs your help in gathering walnuts.

Every year, about 6 million tree seedlings are grown at the John S. Ayton State Tree Nursery near Preston, Md., in Caroline County.

About 47 different conifer, hardwood and shrub species, mostly native to Maryland, are grown at the nursery each year. Many of these seedlings are planted along streams as part of Maryland’s Stream ReLeaf buffer planting program, and will help improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

If you have one or more black walnut trees in your yard, and do not know what to do with all the walnuts that drop each fall, the Maryland DNR-Forest Service, could use your help in collecting black walnuts.

If you can provide at least two bushels of walnuts for the state nursery, call the Maryland DNR-Forest Service office in Washington County at 301-842-2740. Walnuts should be in a container (plastic bag or box). Officials can pick up walnuts at your address or you can drop them off at the Natural Resource Conservation Service office at 1260 Maryland Ave. in Hagerstown. There is a drop-off box behind the building.

Walnuts will be collected until Oct. 28.

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