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State tree nursery will pay for collected seeds; Jasper - Pulaski nursery in Medaryville collecting

Indiana’s state tree nursery will pay you to collect certain tree seed throughout the state if the seeds meet DNR specifications.

Each year the nurseries, part of the DNR Division of Forestry, plant millions of seeds to produce tree and shrub seedlings for conservation planting within the state. Each year much of the seed the nurseries use is supplied by collectors from all over the state. DNR Forestry pays seed collectors on the basis of “pure live seed.” That term means the seeds must be from the required tree species, and cannot be infected with disease or infested with insects.

DNR Forestry’s goal is to produce 2-3 million seedlings each year for conservation plantings. Because of natural factors, achieving that goal requires planting about 8.5 million seeds. DNR Forestry, which operates the nurseries, orchestrates statewide seed collection with the goal of diversifying the seed source. Such diversification allows the nursery to grow seedlings that will be well adapted to grow into mature trees throughout the state.

Some of the seeds being sought, and the price per seed offered, include black oak, black walnut, pin oak, red oak, shumard oak, white oak, bur oak, chinkapin oak, swamp chestnut oak and swamp white oak. See the table below for current pricing and collection dates.

Some pointers for collecting:

— Always call first to see if the seeds you plan to collect are still needed.
— Collect only seeds and fruit – no leaves, sticks, or trash.
— Keep species separate – if you’re not certain that two (or more) trees are the same species, keep them in separate containers.
— If you are not certain if you have the proper species, email a photo of the seed/fruit, leaves, bark, and twigs to the address below for identification.
— Most of the listed species are ripe and ready to collect when they fall off the tree.
— Healthy acorns (with the exception of bur oak) will fall free of the cap. Keep the seeds/fruit cool until you can deliver it to the office – an air-conditioned basement is good for a short period of time.

 

                    SEED COLLECTION DATES

SPECIES

First Date

Last Date

 

 

 

TULIPTREE

9/7

10/25

PERSIMMON

9/15

9/28

SHAGBARK HICKORY

9/17

11/10

CHINKAPIN OAK

9/20

11/12

RED OAK

9/20

11/24

WHITE OAK

9/23

11/10

SHELLBARK HICKORY

9/27

11/10

SWAMP WHITE OAK

9/27

11/12

BLACK OAK

9/28

11/11

SWAMP CHESTNUT OAK

9/30

11/3

BLACK WALNUT

10/1

10/14

BUR OAK

10/1

11/29

PIN OAK

10/4

11/11

 

 

LOCATION

seeds needed

Vallonia State Tree Nursery

2782 West 540 South

Vallonia, IN  47281

812-358-3621

SPECIES

# SEEDS

#POUNDS

PRICE/SEED

SHELLBARK HICKORY

82,593

2,851

$0.0375

SHAGBARK HICKORY

158,333

1,869

$0.0300

BLACK GUM

34,091

23

$0.0126

BLACK OAK

61,667

487

$0.0176

BLACK WALNUT

289,531

14,239

$0.0100

BUR OAK

30,000

481

$0.0276

CHINKAPIN OAK

87,143

691

$0.0260

PERSIMMON

96,154

122

$0.0160

PIN OAK

63,333

313

$0.0180

RED OAK

262,500

3,872

$0.0180

SWAMP CHESTNUT OAK

132,813

3,316

$0.0260

SWAMP WHITE OAK

112,813

1,564

$0.0260

TULIP TREE

190,476

368

$0.0170

WHITE OAK

330,952

4,368

$0.0180

 

 

 

 

 

Jasper-Pulaski State Tree Nursery

15508 West 700 North

Medaryville, IN  47281

219-843-4827

SPECIES

#SEEDS

#POUNDS

PRICE/SEED

SHELLBARK HICKORY

10,000

345

$0.0375

SHAGBARK HICKORY

50,000

590

$0.0300

BLACK OAK

30,000

237

$0.0180

BLACK WALNUT

50,000

2,459

$0.0100

BUR OAK

337,347

5,411

$0.0280

CHINKAPIN OAK

20,000

159

$0.0260

PIN OAK

20,000

99

$0.0180

RED OAK

50,000

738

$0.0180

SWAMP WHITE OAK

20,000

277

$0.0260

WHITE OAK

50,000

660

$0.0180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day of Caring set for Friday, September 13

You can help a good cause by joining forces with a number of area businesses and agencies on Friday, September 13.

 

It’s A Day of Caring with the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce as various jobs and tasks are performed with the Fulton County United Way helping people and giving back to the community.

 

To learn more and register contact Monica at the Fulton County Chamber office 574-224-2666 or email chamberassist@rtcol.com.

 

$21 million grant boosts Indiana's efforts to prevent overdoses

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has received a three-year, $21 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will bolster the state’s efforts to prevent and detect drug overdoses.

 

The grant provides more than $7.1 million a year beginning Sept. 1. The funds will be used to collect better data and apply it to create prevention programs that will further the state’s critical response to the drug epidemic.

 

“Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Recovery initiative is saving lives and helping people recover from substance use disorder,” said Jim McClelland, Indiana’s executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement. “This grant supports our vital prevention and treatment efforts as we continue to combat the drug crisis in our state and connect more people to care.”

 

Indiana has made significant progress collaborating with hospital systems and practitioners. More than 18,000 Hoosier prescribers currently use an integrated electronic medical record dashboard connected to the state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to evaluate their patient opioid prescriptions and prevent dangerous drug interactions. The state will remain in communication with federal partners to ensure Indiana’s successful PDMP continues to gain momentum.

 

Other initiatives that will be supported by the grant include:

  • Collect better, more timely data on overdoses treated at hospital emergency departments so health providers can respond to emerging threats more quickly.
  • Enhance Indiana’s INSPECT, the state’s prescription drug monitoring program, to provide health records electronically to small physician practices and improve real-time access to patient prescription histories.
  • Create online opioid prescribing courses for dentists and post-overdose treatment protocols for emergency departments.
  • Partner with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to establish linkages to care by supporting transportation costs for ride-booking services to treatment centers.
  • Provide harm reduction training to law enforcement.
  • Partner with the Indiana Department of Corrections to train inmates as peer educators to decrease rates of hepatitis C among high-risk populations.

 

These strategies are another step in Indiana’s multiagency, multipronged response in coordination to tackle the drug epidemic. Preliminary data from the CDC shows that fewer Hoosiers died of a drug overdose in 2018 compared to 2017. Indiana reported a 12 percent decline in the number of overdose deaths in Indiana last year, improving faster than the national average. The CDC attributes this decline to community efforts, improved treatment, fewer opioid prescriptions and expanded access to overdose-reversing drugs. More information is available here in the August Next Level Recovery actions and progress report.

 

“We know that our combined efforts are protecting more Hoosiers from the dangers of substance use disorder,” said State Health Commissioner Kris Box, MD, FACOG. “With this grant, we will be able to better understand the problem and take informed action to save even more lives.”

 

Governor signs bill to stop taxing military retirement income

Indiana veterans will soon no longer have to pay state taxes on their military retirement income.

 

Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1010 into law. It phases in a full military income tax exemption for military retirement pensions and survivors benefits over a four year period.

 

Indiana joins 23 other states that do not tax military retirement pay.

 

According to the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency the exemption will reduce state revenue by about $15 million a year.

Deputy Sheriff position at Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting lateral and entry-level applicants for the position of Deputy Sheriff.

 

The application deadline is September 6.

 

Applications are available for download from www.kcgov.com. 

 

For additional information, you can private message the department’s Facebook page or contact the office by phone at 574-267-5667.

The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office is currently accepting lateral and entry-level applicants for the position of Deputy Sheriff.

 

The application deadline is September 6.

 

Applications are available for download from www.kcgov.com. 

 

For additional information, you can private message the department’s Facebook page or contact the office by phone at 574-267-5667.

Pulaski County officials invite the publlc to review courthouse rehab

As work continues around the Fulton County Courthouse, a neighboring county is holding a public event to discuss its future courthouse efforts.

 

The public is invited to review preliminary planning related to a rehabilitation study of the Pulaski County Courthouse. Indiana Landmarks and Pulaski County officials invite the public to meet representatives of Rowland Design and learn more about initial planning as the firm works towards final recommendations, expected later this summer.

 

The meeting will take place Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the circuit court chambers at the Pulaski County Courthouse.

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