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State tree nursery will pay for collected seeds
Start Date: 9/3/2019
Event Description:

Indiana’s state tree nursery in Vallonia will pay you to collect certain tree seed throughout the state if the seeds meet DNR specifications.

Each year the nurseries, part of the DNR Division of Forestry, plant millions of seeds to produce tree and shrub seedlings for conservation planting within the state. Each year much of the seed the nurseries use is supplied by collectors from all over the state. DNR Forestry pays seed collectors on the basis of “pure live seed.” That term means the seeds must be from the required tree species, and cannot be infected with disease or infested with insects.

DNR Forestry’s goal is to produce 2-3 million seedlings each year for conservation plantings. Because of natural factors, achieving that goal requires planting about 8.5 million seeds. DNR Forestry, which operates the nurseries, orchestrates statewide seed collection with the goal of diversifying the seed source. Such diversification allows the nursery to grow seedlings that will be well adapted to grow into mature trees throughout the state.

Some of the seeds being sought, and the price per seed offered, include black oak, black walnut, pin oak, red oak, shumard oak, white oak, bur oak, chinkapin oak, swamp chestnut oak and swamp white oak. See the table below for current pricing and collection dates.

Some pointers for collecting:

— Always call first to see if the seeds you plan to collect are still needed.
— Collect only seeds and fruit – no leaves, sticks, or trash.
— Keep species separate – if you’re not certain that two (or more) trees are the same species, keep them in separate containers.
— If you are not certain if you have the proper species, email a photo of the seed/fruit, leaves, bark, and twigs to the address below for identification.
— Most of the listed species are ripe and ready to collect when they fall off the tree.
— Healthy acorns (with the exception of bur oak) will fall free of the cap. Keep the seeds/fruit cool until you can deliver it to the office – an air-conditioned basement is good for a short period of time.


SEED COLLECTION DATES
 
SPECIES First Date Last Date
   
TULIPTREE 9/7 10/25
PERSIMMON 9/15 9/28
SHAGBARK HICKORY 9/17 11/10
CHINKAPIN OAK 9/20 11/12
RED OAK 9/20 11/24
WHITE OAK 9/23 11/10
SHELLBARK HICKORY 9/27 11/10
SWAMP WHITE OAK 9/27 11/12
BLACK OAK 9/28 11/11
SWAMP CHESTNUT OAK 9/30 11/3
BLACK WALNUT 10/1 10/14
BUR OAK 10/1 11/29
PIN OAK 10/4 11/11
 
 
LOCATION seeds needed
Vallonia State Tree Nursery
2782 West 540 South
Vallonia, IN  47281
812-358-3621 SPECIES # SEEDS #POUNDS PRICE/SEED
SHELLBARK HICKORY 82,593 2,851 $0.0375 
SHAGBARK HICKORY 158,333 1,869 $0.0300 
BLACK GUM 34,091 23 $0.0126 
BLACK OAK 61,667 487 $0.0176 
BLACK WALNUT 289,531 14,239 $0.0100 
BUR OAK 30,000 481 $0.0276 
CHINKAPIN OAK 87,143 691 $0.0260 
PERSIMMON 96,154 122 $0.0160 
PIN OAK 63,333 313 $0.0180 
RED OAK 262,500 3,872 $0.0180 
SWAMP CHESTNUT OAK 132,813 3,316 $0.0260 
SWAMP WHITE OAK 112,813 1,564 $0.0260 
TULIP TREE 190,476 368 $0.0170 
WHITE OAK 330,952 4,368 $0.0180 
   
 
Jasper-Pulaski State Tree Nursery
15508 West 700 North
Medaryville, IN  47281
219-843-4827 SPECIES #SEEDS #POUNDS PRICE/SEED
SHELLBARK HICKORY 10,000 345 $0.0375 
SHAGBARK HICKORY 50,000 590 $0.0300 
BLACK OAK 30,000 237 $0.0180 
BLACK WALNUT 50,000 2,459 $0.0100 
BUR OAK 337,347 5,411 $0.0280 
CHINKAPIN OAK 20,000 159 $0.0260 
PIN OAK 20,000 99 $0.0180 
RED OAK 50,000 738 $0.0180 
SWAMP WHITE OAK 20,000 277 $0.0260 
WHITE OAK 50,000 660 $0.0180 
    

Contact the Vallonia Nursery at 812-358-3621 or vallonianursery@dnr.IN.gov for more information.

To view all DNR news releases, please see dnr.IN.gov.

 

Contact Information:
Name: Robbie Winks
Phone: 812-358-3621
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