2021 Fall Update

Restoration Work

2021 Fall Update

SEED PRODUCTION, COLLECTION, AND MORE NEWS

By Leslie Bost Carter   ♦   9/27/2021

Freezing temperatures in May and an extremely dry season preempted us to take extra steps to protect this year’s yield.  In spite of the unfavorable conditions, several of our most rugged trees were productive. Protecting those trees from animal predation became top priority to ensure we would have restoration seed for our members this year.  A few days ago, OCF President & Founder Steve Bost and I went to the plots and the mesh wire bags used to deter squirells from pilfering the seed.  

 

wire mesh bag

Organic squirrel repellent was sprayed on and around trees to deter predation. This method seems highly effective so far.  Photo credit: Steve Bost

Organic squirrel repellent was sprayed on and around trees to deter predation. This method seems highly effective so far.  

Freezing temperatures in May and an extremely dry season preempted us to take extra steps to protect this year’s yield.  In spite of the unfavorable conditions, several of our most rugged trees were productive. Some of the trees on our research sites were not very productive, but the ones that were became our priority, to ensure we would have restoration seed for our members this year. Protecting the nuts from squirrels was vital.  OCF President & Founder Steve Bost and I went to the plots a few days ago and I took a few photos below the mesh wire bags he attached