Acorn Collection

The Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF) collects a variety of species of acorns and nuts that can be planted at its Augusta Forestry Center (Crimora, Va.) to grow into tree seedlings that will become the forests of tomorrow. These seeds will produce next year’s hardwood seedling crop, which will be sold to Virginia’s forestland owners. Seedlings grown from Virginia-grown seed generally produces trees that will best thrive in our state’s climates.

Certain nuts can be difficult to find regionally, and availability can change year to year. At times, one species of tree in a region may produce minimal acorns, while others are abundant. This is why VDOF puts out a call-to-action for landowners across the state. The more trees that can be identified for collection, the more nuts can be potentially planted in the nursery.

Virginia landowners interested in sharing their acorns or nuts are asked to review Seeking Acorns and Seeds – We Need Your Help! to learn about the species needed and procedures for collecting acorns.

×This year's deadline for receiving acorns is October 15, 2021.

Additional Resources

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Acorn Identification
Acorn Identification

Information sheet provides descriptions of various species of acorns with links to detailed species information.

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Seeking Acorns and Seeds - We Need Your Help - Acorn and Seed Collection Procedures
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Forestry topic information sheet encourages citizens to get involved in the collection of acorns and seed for propagation at our nursery, including the species needed, how and when to collect, and where to deliver seed.

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Contact Us

For more information or questions, or if you need help identifying a tree before you collect the acorns or nuts, e-mail us or use our contact form, or call the Augusta Forestry Center at (540)363-7000.