A Fruitful Acorn Harvest
December 16, 2016
in mid-September, Sacramento Tree Foundation staff, interns, and
volunteers were busy locating, learning about, and carefully harvesting this
years nuts that will become next years seedling trees. Because of everyone’s hard work
we met or exceeded most of our goals during this challenging harvesting season.
regional acorn crop was average this year, perhaps another victim of the
ongoing drought. Drought has also decreased the availability of food for
wildlife resulting in high demand from hungry critters for the acorns that have
received specialized instruction during the two Acorn Harvest Trainings that
were held this year. These trainings were conducted at Springview Park in
Rocklin and at Effie Yeaw in Carmichael. These newly trained Harvesters, along
with returning Acorn Harvesters harvested 11,660 acorns, meeting or exceeding our goals for Valley
Oak (Q. lobata), Interior Live Oak (Q. wislizeni), and California Scrub Oak (Q.
berberidifolia). Not only did we put away enough acorns
for Tree Foundation projects, we were also able to support both the Bullock
Bend restoration project being undertaken on the Sacramento River by Westervelt
Ecological Services and the Cordova Creek restoration project being implemented
on the American River Parkway.
acorns have been carefully logged and stored by the Tree Foundation's Acorn
Interns. After a rest in one our four refrigerators, these acorns will be
directly planted at reforestation project sites and grown into seedling trees
with the help of Seed to Seedling students and our in house propagation
program. Come next fall many of the resulting seedlings will be ready to be
We have only a few more steps to wrap up the season:
- Do you still
have acorns for us? Materials you would like to bring back? Let us know right
away so we can plan for a hand off.
- Want to help
us plant acorns in the nursery? We will be having a workday on
Saturday, January 28th (you can register to volunteer here)
- We will be
Seed to Seedling program this January with third grade students
county wide. If you are interested in supporting this project, check
out it out here.
thanks to all the volunteers and partners who have supported this important
annual project, including ICF, Cub Scouts, Sacramento County Parks and
Recreation, and the staff at Effie Yeaw. We couldn’t do it without you!!!