Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks announces its annual Acorns for Wildlife program, a non-profit initiative aimed at providing quality, one-year old, bare-root oak seedlings for establishing wildlife plantings on private and public lands.
These oak seedlings will improve wildlife habitat and provide acorns for wild turkeys, deer, and many other wildlife species. The seedlings, along with oak specific fertilizer packets, will be sold below cost due to contributions from the MDWFP, National Wild Turkey Federation, Mississippi Chapter of the NWTF, and the Greater Jackson Chapter of the NWTF.
Each year, acorns are collected by MDWFP personnel from native oak trees and sent to the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC).
The GFC follows a nursery protocol to grow seedlings with a fibrous root system, large stem diameter, and abundant energy reserves to ensure the best possible survival and growth. Oak species available are white, cherrybark, Shumard, swamp chestnut (cow), water, and Nuttall.
Research shows that when proper planting techniques are used, these seedlings are capable of producing acorns at less than 10 years of age.
Seedlings will be sold in bags of 50 for $35 per bag. Oak-specific fertilizer packets will be included with the seedlings at no additional cost. Individuals interested in purchasing these high-quality seedlings should call 601-432-2199, or go online to www.mdwfp.com and click on “Acorns for Wildlife” to download the seedling order form. The deadline for ordering seedlings is January 14, 2011.
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