Located in Vallonia, the Indiana state tree nursery is looking for residents to collect tree seeds throughout the state. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has offered to pay individuals for seed collection if the seeds meet the DNR’s standards.
Upon collection, the seeds are planted to produce seedlings for conservation efforts with the DNR Division of Forestry, with the goal of producing between 2 and 3 million seedlings each year.
In order to produce this number of viable seedlings, upwards of 8.5 million seeds must be planted. Asking Indiana residents to help collect viable seeds – ones that are from desired tree species and are not infected with disease or infested with insects – helps DNR Forestry to diversify seed source and ensure the proper number of seedlings are produced.
Among the desired species are black oak, black walnut, pin oak, red oak, shumard oak and white oak. For a complete list of seeds and prices, visit the Seed Purchasing Program webpage.