The Virginia Department of Forestry is asking residents of the Commonwealth to help preserve native trees by collecting acorns and seeds from 11 species, reports the Associated Press.
State officials say the best time to collect acorns is the last week in September through the first week of October and say lawns or paved areas are ideal places to find them.
The department says the most-needed species are: Alleghany Chinkapin; Chinese Chestnut; Hazelnut; Black Oak; Chestnut Oak; Northern Red Oak; Pin Oak; Sawtooth Oak; White Oak; Willow Oak, and Black Walnut.
Foresters say anyone interested in collecting acorns or seeds should not use plastic bags to hold them and should not combine different species in the same bag. Collectors also should identify the species on the bag before delivering them to the nearest department of forestry office.