Join individuals, families, schools, and scout troops September 22 through October 31, in collecting nuts of native trees to generate seedlings for stream land restoration! Trees are important for their cool canopies, oxygen production, and root systems that reduce soil erosion of river banks, and absorb pollutants from getting in rivers and streams. Native trees, like native plants, are particularly adapted to local soil, rainfall, and temperature conditions. Overtime, they have survived with natural defenses against insects and diseases. As a result, they are low maintenance and essential to natural habitat preservation as local wildlife depend on them.
The Potomac Conservancy started the Growing Native program in 2001 based on increased demand for native hardwood seedlings to support expanding reforestation and restoration efforts in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Click on the logo above for information on how you can volunteer to replenish the seeds and ensure diversity by collecting acorns, walnuts, flowering dogwood, pawpaw and many other hardwood and shrub seeds. You can even begin in your own backyard!