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Help "Re-Oak" Redding

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In the wake of the devastating Carr Fire, the City of Redding and the Shasta Environmental Alliance, a collection of 14 local, non-profit, environmental advocacy groups is calling on volunteers to help “Re-Oak” the region.

Shasta County residents are being asked to assist by helping to gather acorns to reintroduce these iconic oak trees. The Sacramento River Trail and public open spaces throughout the affected area are the main focus.

Tens of thousands of trees have burned. Though oaks have evolved to withstand fire, and many will regenerate, the process is slow.

According to Travis Menne, Community Projects Manager for the City of Redding this will "jump start” the effort. Oaks provide wildlife habitats, feed pollinators, clean and recharge groundwater, provide a playground for kids and shade for hikers.

Collection instructions

The project starts September 5th.

Acorns can be brought to the Redding Library at 1100 Parkview Avenue during normal business hours, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Acorns should be collected between now and November. Candidate trees are interior live oaks, blue oaks, valley oaks or black oaks that are healthy and free from disease, rot, mold or fungus. Best to be harvested directly from the tree or those that have recently fallen.

The acorns must be ripe (easily twisted out of the acorn cap) and visibly sound. Place acorns in a plastic bag or ziplock, along with a leaf from the tree. Acorns from different types of trees should not be placed in the same bag. The key is to find species native to the foothills and valley of Shasta County. The general location where the acorn was collected should be labeled.

More information or general questions can be directed to Community Projects Manager, Travis Menne at (530) 245-7176 or tmenne@cityof redding.org.

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