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Collecting Acorns to re-establish Natural Coastal Forests

 
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10.18.2011


Little Leaf Louisiana, Inc., a no
n-profit organization dedicated to reforesting Louisiana, is working in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the
St. Bernard Wetlands Foundation, and
Southeastern Louisiana University to lead an acorn drive to help re-establish natural coastal forests that were lost or damaged by hurricanes.

Schools, clubs, and organizations across the state are being asked to collect acorns to plant in St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines Parishes.  Live oak acorns are preferred, however, acorns of any Louisiana native oak will be greatly appreciated.  If an abundance of acorns are collected, additional coastal areas may also be planted.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts across Louisiana are recruiting groups of acorn collectors (schools, clubs, etc.)  in support of this year's acorn drive.  If you are part of an organization that would be interested in collecting acorns to reforest coastal Louisiana, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District for more information.

 

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

The deadline for bringing in acorns for this year's drive is January 10, 2012.  

When a collection has been made, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District to arrange a pick-up or contact one of the following:

Peggy McClain
(225) 802-0608
peggy@littleleafla.org

Joey Breaux
(225) 922-1269
joey_b@ldaf.state.la.us

Michael Schooler
(318) 387-8683, ext. 19
michael.schooler@la.nacdnet.net

 

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