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News Release

August 29, 2003


Seeds can be dropped off at ODNR Division of Forestry's Chillicothe Office

COLUMBUS, OH -- Homeowners in the Chillicothe area are being asked by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to donate their backyard black walnut seeds to help in the state's reforestation efforts.

The collection program helps landowners reduce yard waste while providing valuable seed for ODNR's State Tree Nursery in Marietta.

In the previous 10 years, more than 100,000 pounds of black walnuts have been collected through the program, saving the state an estimated $150,000.

The Chillicothe District Office is located at 345 Allen Ave., in Chillicothe. The site will be open to receive seeds from now throughout October.

Walnuts may be planted on well-drained, loamy soils as a future timber crop. For information about planting walnuts on a large scale, contact ODNR's Division of Forestry at 877-247-8733.

More than 3,000,000 seedlings of various tree species are sold each year by ODNR for use in reforestation, wildlife habitat development, erosion control, windbreaks and other conservation projects across the state.

Over the past 80 years, the ODNR Division of Forestry has planted more than a half-billion trees in Ohio, helping the state increase its forested land from 2,500,000 acres in the early 1900s, to more than 8,000,000 acres today.

A variety of tree seedlings will be available for sale to the public beginning October 1 for delivery in the spring of 2004.


For additional news online, check out the ODNR Press Room at

For Further Information Contact:
Andy Ware, ODNR Media Relations
(614) 265-6882




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