If you have black walnut trees in your yard, and do not know what to do with all of the walnuts that drop each fall, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service could use your help with collecting them.
If you can provide at least two bushels of walnuts for the State Tree Nursery, call the DNR-Forest Service office in Washington County at 301-791-4733.
Walnuts should be in some type of container, such as a plastic bag or box. The forest service can pick up walnuts collected 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.
Black walnuts will be collected until Oct. 26.
Each year, about 6 million tree seedlings are grown at the State Tree Nursery near Preston, Md., in Caroline County. About 47 conifer, hardwood and shrub species, mostly native to Maryland, are grown at the nursery each year.
Many of the 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.